About Domaine des Curiades

By Lisa Rowlands

On the chalky, clay hillsides of canton Geneva, the south facing, sun-licked terraces of Lully are home to Domaine des Curiades - a family estate in its fifth generation, that is dedicated to the production of fine wines, carefully cultivated and vinified to echo the terroir of their origins. Fourteen beautifully maintained hectares of vine boast a diverse crop, and a modern winemaking facility allows for the application of close surveillance and multiple methods of vinification.

In 1909, Jules Dupraz, along with his wife, set out to improve the wine-making potential of their small plot in the Genevan countryside, and over the course of the last one hundred plus years the site has evolved from a tiny parcel attached to an inn, into an uber-professional operation producing wines of international standard. Attention to detail is the key principle of the estate’s practice; each variety is handled differently to preserve its unique personality and interventions such as temperature control, racking and remuage are employed to ensure best quality.

Today, twelve types of grape are cultivated here with red and white varieties equally represented. Chardonnay - from which the estate makes five wines, Aligoté, Chasselas and Savagnin (Traminer) are amongst the whites, whilst the reds include Gamay, Gamaret and Pinot Noir. Each variety is harvested by hand, vinified, aged and bottled on the premises to produce twenty-five mono-varietal wines and blends including their unique version of the local speciality ‘L’Esprit de Genève’ (considered the ambassadorial wine of the region), and the curiously named ‘La Cuvée des Trois Ours’ - a complex, velvet-smooth Premier Cru of noble red grapes with rich fruit aromas and excellent ageing potential.