THE ACTORS

Committed winemakers

Discover the men and women of the Vignerons & Terroirs de Lantignié association, their philosophy, their commitment, and the range of appellations they produce.

Domaine des Ronze

Frédéric Sornin

Organic pioneer

Frédéric Sornin has long been an efficient advocate of organic viticulture. He converted his first vines in 2006, and his entire twenty-five hectare vineyard is now certified organic, or in the process of conversion.

It was this experience of organic farming on a large scale that prompted him to share his know-how with colleagues who wanted to break away from chemical farming. “Three years ago, I set up a consultancy business. I pass on my experience in working the soil, which proves very difficult in cup down with standard tools”, he explains. On his own estate, Frédéric Sornin uses state-of-the-art equipment. He pays a great deal of attention to keeping his vineyards in good shape and he vinifies destemmed grapes, adding little sulphur and using indigenous yeasts as a priority.

But the winemaker, who took over from his father in 1985 on the family estate created by his great-grandfather in 1950 (who also owned the Victor Philippe wine house in Beaujeu at the time), is also preparing for the future. His son Victor, now a student, will join him in 2023, with a view to a gradual handover. To prepare for his arrival, Frédéric Sornin has created a range under the Victor Sornin label. With a strong export presence (USA, Japan, Norway, Denmark, etc.), the estate sells around 100,000 bottles a year.

  

1985

Frédéric Sornin takes over the estate created by his great-grandfather.

2006

First plot of vines in organic conversion, in Régnié.

2023

Victor joins his father on the family estate.

The estate team

Gilbert Merville, vineyard employee.
One apprentice.

Surface
area

25 hectares

Domaine des Ronze

133, route de Vallières
69430 Régnié-Durette

Appellations