One day, during the 7th century, in the city of Rouen in Normandy, emerged from the Seine River "La Gargouille". Described as having a long, reptilian neck, La Gargouille began to spew water from its mouth about the country side. La Gargouille then created a great tidal wave, and whatever the waters did not kill, the dragon devoured for its meal.
Saint Romanus, the archbishop of Rouen at the time, decided to stop the dragon. As no brave man wished to accompany him, he took one condemned prisoners who “volunteered” to assist him.
Saint Romanus - and his volunteer - travelled to the lair of "La Gargouille" where the beast attacked them ferociously. Saint Romanus subdued the dragon with the symbol of the cross made with his fingers. At the sign, the dragon fell docile. Then, the archbishop and his volunteer bound the dragon by the neck. The people of Rouen condemn the dragon to die by fire and burn the creature, and they cast the immense pile of ash it left behind into the Seine River, from where the dragon first had come.
As the story tell us, things can change with calm and determination, that is the mission of Gargouille's growers to produce raw wines without any chemicals from vines to the bottle.
Gargouille Collection was founded in 2015 by Frédéric Brouca in order to market in Canada and the United States a handful of wines that are family made with a focused respect for terroir.
All of the producers in our portfolio practice organic and/or biodynamic farming. We believe how the land is farmed has a great impact on the resulting wine. Sound farming practices, temperate climates and a hands off approach in the winery are the basis for balanced, raw wines.
Gargouille wines display vibrancy and freshness with a sense of place. "Underground Culture" embodies organic & biodynamic farming, dry farming & native yeast.