Joost & Miguela's Wines
Former Chairman of the Dutch Stock Exchange, who found his real passion in making Loire wine
- A real team effort, funding from Angel customers and Joost's hard work have made these wines his best yet
- And as a 'thank you' for your support, Joost's prices have stayed the same. Meaning, this year, you get better wines for your dosh
- You told Joost what you thought and he listened. These are YOUR wines, made just how you like them
Map of the Vineyard
Joost & Miguela de Villebois's Story
"Being as green as possible in my vineyards is very important to me."
"I grew up with wine and wine was very much a part of my household. I decided at a very young age, 18, that I not only wanted to drink wine, but I wanted to make it myself too.
I went on to study at the wine faculty at the University of Bordeaux, where I started to learn the tricks of the trade. My first proper wine business was in 1996, when I bought a farmhouse in the Loire area, and started to make two barrels of wine a year.
Being as green as possible in my vineyards is very important to me. We try and use a very limited number of 'products' in the fields, and we also green harvest in order to optimize the quality of the grapes and minimize production per hectare. Finally, we use a technique called 'effeuillage' the reduction of leafs to increase the sun and light exposure of the grapes.
We have a great team here at Villebois, including my wife Miguela. She works very hard on the business and is my official taster of course. She also replies to all your reviews and questions so please keep them coming!. Then we have Thierry Coutant who runs and supervises the vineyards, he keeps everything running perfectly and helps to improve the quality every year.
My proudest moment as a winemaker? When well known Dutch Wine Journalist (Hubrecht Duijker) spoke of our Sauvignon Blanc as an 'absolute dream of a white wine."
Joost & Miguela's Archangels
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