Vineyard and Terroir
The Château Capion estate is a 45 hectare vineyard with a unique terroir. 200 metres up the Terrasses du Larzac, the land around its château, winery and wine cellar extends over three broad geological zones, the soils underfoot changing from Montpellier sandstone and clay to limestone gravels and alluvial silts. These habitats, the biodiversity present all around, and the climatic variations at Capion are nuanced in wines that express, in their power and finesse, their provenance.
To grow vines successfully, in-depth knowledge of the soil is crucial. With the help of soil scientists Claude and Lydia Bourguignon, every parcel of land at Capion has been studied extensively and the soil structures within our boundaries mapped. This allows us to know where the smallest variations lie so we might orientate our work accordingly.
Maintaining the vineyard means respecting the fragile ecosystem of the soil. It also means careful management of the vines. From the disbudding of a stump and the tying-in of cordons, to the work of intercourses and opening up the vine’s fruit area, everything is done by hand. Furthermore, the estate anticipated – and has advanced – its certification in organic farming. Since 2016, all phytosanitary products used at Château Capion are certified organic.
Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon are our red wine varietals; for our whites: Viognier, Roussanne, Vermentino, Chardonnay, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc. Together, the average age of our vines is thirty years.