Christian Venier is one of a growing number of talented natural winemakers in France's Loire Valley. Located near Cheverny, Christian's family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Loire for centuries. Christian was inspired by his cousins Thierry and Jean-Marie Puzelat, who are highly regarded champions of natural wine, and have built a worldwide reputation for their wines. Christian farms his 30 acres of vines biodynamically, and in the cellar, he lets Mother Nature do most of the work. The wines are fermented by the ambient yeast living on the grape skins, and he lets them sit in large cement tanks as long as they need to complete fermentation. He also...
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