Rhone winegrowers Julie and Graeme Bott win the AdVini award for the vineyards of the future

Tuesday May 07 2019 by Vitisphere

The couple created their estate in 2015 by buying back fallow land, levelling the ground then planting vines supported by stakes in the northern appellations of Rhone valley.The couple created their estate in 2015 by buying back fallow land, levelling the ground then planting vines supported by stakes in the northern appellations of Rhone valley. - Photo credit : Domaine Bott

Julie Bott from Lyon and Graeme Bott from New Zealand have just won the fourth “Vignerons et Terroirs d'Avenir” competition organised by the AdVini group, in partnership with the Montpellier SupAgro Foundation. Chosen from among eleven finalist projects, the couple created their estate in 2015 by buying back fallow land, levelling the ground then planting vines supported by stakes in the northern appellations of Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph. Their vineyard development also includes the slopes of Seyssuel, which have the potential to become “a vineyard site of the future” with the recent rebirth of its vineyards and plans to create an appellation, led by the Vitis Vienna association and a total 19 winegrowers, including Domaine Bott.

Julie and Graeme Bott will benefit from training provided by AdVini experts as their first prize and receive a cheque for €50,000. The money should help them develop their estate by investing in mulching, a horse and a mechanical pickaxe in the vineyard, and by equipping their new rented winery.

In second place, winegrowers Solenn and Dominique Génot of Mas Llossanes in Roussillon won €20,000 to support their conversion to organic and biodynamic farming. An exceptional third prize of €10,000 was awarded to Benoît Aymard of Clos d'Audhuy in Cahors.

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