Novice wine growers win top award

A Franco-Irish “novice” winemaker couple leveraged Vinexpo to promote their award-winning  organic wines.

Irish harpsichordist Emer Kirwan-Buckley and her husband Fabrice Priou bought the Graves AOP Chateau Sirio in 2015 to fulfil their dream of running an organic winery, and have since won four awards.

Despite having no background in viticulture, the awards for the wines culminated in the “Trophée des Crus de Graves“, which they bagged in 2019 for the Chateau’s dry white 2018 vintage. The prestigious award places them in the top ten of the Graves Appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC).

From the outset, the Franco-Irish couple aimed to take a sustainable approach to the cultivation of vines and the environment, prioritising quality over quantity.

The 18 ha estate has six ha currently in production of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for red wine and Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for white wine. The red wines are aged in French oak barrels, while the Sauvignon grapes are aged in thermo-regulated vats and Semillon in oak barrels.

Chateau Sirio participated in the official Graves/Sauternes stand at Vinexpo Paris for the first time this year.

Photo: Emer Kirwan-Buckley and Fabrice Priou, owners of Chateau Sirio