Kevin Parker has financed Chateau Maris for the last fifteen years with the aim of supporting the estate in becoming one of the Languedoc's finest whilst respecting the environment to the highest standards.
As Kevin says, "Individuals all over the world have to understand the dangers and opportunities of climate change and the need to move to a low-carbon based economy. Once they do, governments will have to act and large investment companies will have to respond by focusing on the problem too."
Watch the round table discussion on biodynamics:
Robert alongside Jean Paul Courtens, President of the Biodynamic Farming Association of America, Eden Frommberg, Nutritionist and anthroposophical medicine specialist and Leslie Lee, Executive Chef at the Steiner School of Manhattan.
Our vineyard is located between Carcassonne and Beziers in the southern French area that is broadly referred to as the Languedoc-Roussillon. The Languedoc covers a vast area and we are specifically located in the Minervois appellation, where we have found ourselves a very special spot. The vineyard has an enviable mix of quality soil, ideal climatic conditions and great exposition.
The scrubland that surrounds the vineyard plays an important part too and the biodynamic practises that we use here allow us to fully embrace the vibrant natural ecosystem. Click here to view our Biodynamic Certification.
The wine we make here is the focus of our day to day efforts but we wholeheartedly believe that, as guardians of this land, we are playing our part in securing the future of the generations to come. We take this responsibility very seriously and it is, in part, why we choose to care for our land following organic and biodynamic principals.
We believe that by protecting our soil and ecosystem, the end result will be quality wine that reflects the health and vitality of the vineyard. Biodynamics is simply a return to the true meaning of terroir.
"Yet nature is made better by no mean
But nature makes that mean: so, over that art
Which they say adds to nature, is an art
That nature makes. You see sweet maid, we marry
A gentler scion to the wildest stock,
And make conceive a bark of baser kind
By bud of nobler race: this is an art
Which does mend nature, change it rather, but
The art itself is nature."
William Shakespeare, The Winters Tale, Act 4 Scene 4
Now a Cru Classé
We have updated our lables to reflect the new status of Minervois La Livinière as a Cru Classé du Languedoc
To buy Maris wines, please click here.
At the end of 2012, Wine Spectator published this great article about our hemp winery.
You can read it here.
A novel Robert describes as "a good yarn"
Biodynamic Wine Guide
Cooking Without Fuss