François Villard

“With two winemaker friends, we have brought this vineyard to life. As well as being an adventure in human terms, it was the surest way to preserve the existence of this wonderful terroir.”

I was trained as a cook, and at the age of 20 I developed a passion for wine. I met people who played a decisive role in my life, and who made me want to become a winemaker; I planted my first vineyard in spring 1989. I made my fi rst wine in Verlieu, but I decided to have my own building constructed in 1996 in Saint-Michel-sur-Rhone. At the same time, I began a new adventure, giving life to the Seyssuel vineyards with my fellow winemakers, Yves Cuilleron and Pierre Gaillard. Then I decided to make my own wine on these hills, and that’s how my wine Seul en scène (One man show) was born.

The vintages



• The Vineyards
Grape variety: 100% Syrah
Terroir: Seyssuel (in the hamlet of Pelissonnes), decomposed quartzite schist soil; facing south; 15-year-old vines.
Viticulture: Yield and density: 45 hl/ha (8000 vine stocks/ha); cordon de Royat pruning.

• In the Cellar
Vinification: 85% of whole grapes; 2 weeks of fermentation in open vats
Maturing: 18 months in casks, 50% new casks


Informations :

- Groups welcome by appointment
- Languages spoken: French and English
- Parking available
- Cellar visit and wine-tastings possible
François Villard
330, route du Réseau Ange
42410 Saint Michel sur Rhône

+33 (0)4 74 56 83 60
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