A Family Story
1927, district of Arles, Camargue: after truly pioneering work, Pierre Chassaing set up the winery and introduced a sheep herd.
Today, the 230-hectare vineyard surrounds Isle Saint-Pierre’s winery. This island in the Rhône, located 15km away from the mouth of the river, is the southernmost vineyard in the Rhône valley. Swept by the Mistral wind, it enjoys temperate heat due to its proximity to the sea and its position in the river.
Patrick Henry, Marie-Cécile and their children, the third and fourth generations of winegrowers, have restructured and modernised the vineyard in keeping with tradition while making the most of the latest technical advances. Everything has come together to produce subtly balanced red, white and rosé wines for your fullest satisfaction.
Having learned to live with Isle Saint-Pierre’s rich nature and abundant biodiversity, the Henry family and winery staff are perpetuating the expertise and values of the family estate.
Terroir and Vineyard
The Domaine Isle Saint-Pierre vineyard is located in the heart of the Camargue on deep, well-drained sandy-silt soil. On the island, the Mediterranean climate is tempered by the sea nearby, the ponds and the river. The Mistral naturally protects the health of the vines and plays a key role in the vineyard.
A Winery with a Difference!
Domaine Isle Saint Pierre stands out for its different grapes, combining the classics of Provence with lesser-known varieties. When they renewed the vineyard at the end of the 1970s, Patrick and Marie-Cécile Henry planted some Merlot and Chardonnay and, with the help of researchers, created a plot of experimental varieties (including Arinarnoa, Egiodola, Perdea, Gewurztraminer, and Hegoa). Positive results encouraged the family to pursue their efforts, and between the 1980s and 2000 they planted Petit Verdot, Carménère, Muscat Petits Grains, Sauvignon, Tannat, and Vermentino.
The family’s fourth generation is keeping up the tradition with Colombard, Malbec and Sangiovese, and pursuing research work by planting disease-tolerant varieties to reduce inputs (including Soreli, Fleurtaï, Merlot Korus, Merlot Kantus, Souvignier Gris, Vidoc, and Artaban).
At Domaine Isle Saint Pierre, our heart is set on exploring new avenues and demonstrating the full potential of our Camargue terroir.
Our family has lived in the Camargue since 1927 and has always been sensitive to its natural environment. This island in the Rhône, in the heart of the Camargue Regional Nature Reserve, is home to exceptional fauna and flora biodiversity, and we are keen to preserve it.
At Domaine Isle Saint Pierre, we make sure to allow our terroir to express itself, through environmental-friendly and quality-oriented farming practices.
The Henry family’s third generation opted for responsible farming: in 2015 the Isle Saint-Pierre staff committed to a sustainable development approach, rewarded by the Sustainable Winegrowing Certification Label in 2018 and High Environmental Value Level 3 certification in 2019. Tests of disease-resistant varieties are carried out in the vineyard with the aim of reducing phytosanitary treatments to a minimum or even eliminating them altogether.
The first bottle from untreated vines was introduced in 2018. To mark the occasion, Isle Saint-Pierre asked German artist Valéry Muller to create the labels for its Resistant Variety, a range that is set to expand in the future.
Domaine Isle Saint Pierre is committed to responsible, ethical and environmental-friendly values.
The Sustainable Winegrowing certification highlights the balance and harmony between nature and viticulture that we seek to achieve. Continuously improving our performance in terms of the safety, health and well-being of our employees is a permanent and vital concern at all levels of the company.
Through the Independent Winegrowers’ Association, we defend our values and the ethics of our profession, from the vine to marketing. Our Charter is based on on three essential principles that make us unique:
- Independent Winegrowers grow their vine while respecting their terroir;
- Independent Winegrowers make their wine in their own cellars;
- Independent Winegrowers sell their wine while sharing their passion.
High Environmental Value [HVE]
Domaine Isle Saint Pierre has been HVE certified since 2019. HVE stands for the official recognition of winegrowers’ and farmers’ environmental performance in France.
The HVE label certifies that elements of biodiversity are very widely present on the farm (including hedges, strips of grassland, trees, flowers and insects) and that pressure on the environment from agricultural practices is reduced to a minimum (air, climate, water, soil, biodiversity, landscapes).