Le Grand Cros is first a story about a couple, Jane and Hugh Faulkner, who fell in love with a little corner of Provence in 1989. On the 24 hectares of vineyards in the foothills of the Massif des Maures, surrounded by pine and olive trees and dry stone terraces, they restored an ancient Provencal manor house and brought a new lease of life to Le Grand Cros.
In 1999, their son Julian joined them to take over the reins and carried out major restructuring of the vineyards and upgrade of the winery. This enabled us to better respect the great potential of our terroir and the environment. It’s future proofing by looking to scale up through acquisition of further land and thus supporting brand growth. Other products from the Estate produce including olive oils and vinegar are also produced on site.
In order to better respect our natural environment along with the quality and authenticity of our wines, Julian has strived to blend science and art. We have always been very early adopters of the latest technology : such as the weather station that enables us to precisely adjust our work in the vines and reduce the use of fungicides ; or the infra-red camera to calculate the optimal date of harvest. However science does not have answers to everything and its at that point that art and the instinct of the winemaker takes over to ensure the quality of our wines that best reflect the spirit of Le Grand Cros estate.
Stephane-Sanchez – Maitre de Chai
Said – taskmaster in the vineyards and makes our olive oil
Joy – Accounts
Maryline – Administrator
Bernadette Tourrel – Œnologue D.N.