Francois Villard has grown his tiny wine domaine from four to seven hectares and still produces a miniscule quantity of highly allocated bottlings. Referred to by Robert Parker as one of the “stars” of the Northern Rhone, François also acquired a small parcel in Cote-Rotie and a few hectares in St. Joseph. Formerly a chef, François brings his complex palette to the winery to produce wines of power and grace that age for years.
The absurdly steep hillsides of the Northern Rhone mean that harvesting by hand is the only option open to winemakers. François Villard and his crew harvest in very small baskets along extremely narrow terraces, making for backbreaking and dangerous work. The results are unrivalled.
Francois Villard produces two Cote Rotie wines and also produces a myriad of wines in the Northern Rhone from Condrieu, St. Joseph , Crozes Hermitage and Cornas as well as a vast array of Vin de France wines. Today, Francois Villard makes almost 30 different wines.