Grower Website Dauvergne Ranvier Region: France - Rhone

Jean-François Ranvier and François Dauvergne teamed up to create a very unique approach to building a brand focused on quality from vine to finished wine.

Jean-François had worked with over 50 cellars in the Rhone valley and together in 2004 the partners approached the best of them with their idea. Ranvier would consult with each property on all aspects of vineyard management, proper harvesting techniques, and winemaking processes in the cellars of each property. Agreements would be made prior to harvest on the proper price for the grapes or finished wines and Dauvergne Ranvier (D-R) would purchase 100% of the yearly production. Win/Win. The properties knew they could sell all of their grapes and what the price would be and DR had assurances of quality and volume.

Thanks to their enthusiasm, Jean-François and François convinced several friendly wine producers to hand over the management of part of their most promising vineyards from the best terroirs. The destiny and the responsibility of these vineyards are now in the hands of the DR duo. From one winery to another, they are involved in each step: advising during planting, looking after vine development and pruning, advising when to grass or de-bud, tasting the grapes, and along with the producers deciding when to harvest. It is a completely collaborative effort.

Jean-François Ranvier has spent over fifteen years in oenology and wine making both in Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. He has worked in the cellars of over 50 properties in the Rhone Valley consulting on viticulture and wine making.

Country France
Region Rhone Valley
Appellation(s) Nearly every appelation in the Rhone Valley
Proprietors François Dauvergne and Jean-François Ranvier
Founded 2004
Winemaker Jean-François Ranvier
Annual Production 40,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable

The grapes are harvested in separate lots and vinified in dedicated tanks at each property. After fermentation is complete Jean-François and François create the blends that will go into the barrels they have selected with the level of toast they feel is appropriate for each wine.

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Total = 95 ha
Côtes-du-Rhone Blanc Viognier – white Grenache Planted 1990 sandy soils with limestone and some calcaerous plots 3 ha
Côtes-du-Rhone Rouge Vin Gourmand Grenache – Syrah Planted 1985 round stones and clay + chalky soil 55 ha
Côte Rôtie – Vin rare Syrah – Viognier Planted 1975 granite 2 ha
Crozes-Hermitage – Vin Rare Syrah Planted 1985 round stones and plots of granites 2 ha
Gigondas – Vin Rare Grenache – syrah, cinsault, mourvedre Planted 1945 chalk 5 ha
Hermitage – Vin Rare Syrah Planted 1975 granite 0,5 ha
Luberon – Vin Gourmand Syrah – Grenache Planted 1985 calcareous and granite 20 ha
St. Joseph – Vin Rare Syrah Planted 1975 granite 3 ha
Vacqueyras – Vin Rare Syrah – Grenache Planted 1950 calcareous and stones 1 ha
Tavel – Domaine des Muretins Red Grenache – white Grenache – Cinsault – Picpoul – Syrah 55 years old stony marls – pebbles on layers of sand – clay soils with limestone fragments – colluvial deposit 7 ha