Terres du Gaugalin Village: Saint-Alexandre Appellation: 3ha Vin de France (Gard) Growers: Angela Weidner Maxime Aerts Downloadable PDF On the right bank of the Rhône in the Gard department, Angela Weidner and Maxime Aerts assembled three hectares of vines in the forested hills near the village of Saint-Alexandre. With recently gained diplomas in oenology and agroecology, they created Terres du Gaugalin (ground of poppies) and began their winemaking adventure in 2018. Their vineyards, planted in the 1970’s are both hard to access and labor-intensive to farm. Angela and Maxime have farmed organically from the beginning and the estate is in conversion to organic certification. They produce three wines: Grande Rando – a red wine, Déferlante – an almost red wine, and, Clair Obscure – a Pet Nat, all without any intervention (additives). Grande Rando Grande Rando is a field blend that includes Grenache, Carignane, Cinsault, and Clairette. The grapes are harvested by hand and then fermented in tank with indigenous yeasts. The short maceration lasts 9 days, after which the juice is drawn off and the rest is pressed. An assemblage of “free run” and “pressed” wine is made and then matured for six months in both tank and three year old barrels. Angela and Maxime like to give the wine at least 6 months of bottle age before releasing it for sale.