The Ardèche, and in particular the Southern Ardèche, has become a breeding ground for young winemakers attracted by "natural" wines. Sylvain Bock, who has been working in Alba-la-Romaine since 2010, is one of the most endearing personalities.
Ardèche, and in particular the Southern Ardèche, has become a breeding ground for young winegrowers attracted by "natural" wines. The relative accessibility of the vineyards and the presence of pioneers such as Gérald Oustric (Domaine Le Mazel in Valvignères) are undoubtedly not for nothing. After various experiences on different estates, notably in the Northern Rhône and in the Mâconnais, Sylvain Bock settled in 2010 on the hillsides near Alba-la-Romaine, first acquiring 4 ha of organically cultivated vines given by Gérald Oustric, then 2 ha in 2013. A group of plots of limestone or basalt where he puts into practice his convictions: working the vine without chemical treatments, then vinifying the fruit without inputs (definitely without any sulphur since the 2012 vintage) to obtain wines that favour freshness and greed.