About the wine maker
Château du Seuil was acquired by the entrepreneurial Welsh couple, Bob and Sue Watts in 1988. They renovated the château, built a modern winery and re-established many of the old vineyards. Today, Château du Seuil is co-owned and managed by Sean and Nicola Allison, following the traditions established by Nicola's parents Bob and Sue.
Sean – a New Zealander and the winemaker – and Nicola are involved in every aspect of making their wines from the vineyards through to the final bottle. Over the two generations, a major effort has been made to improve the vineyards: additionally, the best in traditional winemaking methods have been integrated with modern winemaking technologies to develop a distinctive style which takes the best elements of Old and New World viticulture and winemaking.
‘Today there is much greater thought and debate about the different ways to grow grapes’ says Sean, ‘At du Seuil, the work we have done so far proves unquestioningly that soils which are healthy and exhibit their natural structure will produce high quality grapes which are very expressive of the terroir from which they come.’
Preference is given to organic cultivation techniques where practicable in the vineyards and mechanical rather than chemical treatment of the soil, with the objective of achieving a healthy vineyard at the same time minimising the impact on the environment. Since 2009, most of the vineyard parcels have been converted to full organic certification.