15th century - Construction of Chateau la Varière, the breadbasket of Chateau de Brissac
Founded in the 15th century, the property was the breadbasket of nearby Chateau de Brissac. In charge of feeding the inhabitants of the latter, the farmers used to take care of the different crops and the vineyard.
1811 - Establishment of Maison Ackerman
Maison Ackerman was born under a lucky star: 1811, the year of the comet and that of an exceptional vintage. The company was called after its founder: Jean-Baptiste Ackerman, originating from Belgium and the forerunner in Loire Valley sparkling wines.
1880 - Establishment of Maison Drouet Frères
The house was created in 1880 by Jean-Baptiste Drouet in Vallet at the heart of the Muscadet winegrowing area. This appellation was for a long time the company’s spearhead before opening up to other Loire Valley appellations.
1885 - Establishment of Maison Remy Pannier
Francois Remy founded his Loire Valley wine house in 1885. He came from modest local origins and was involved in the wine sector from a very young age: he was originally a cooper, and then a wine transporter, before becoming a merchant at the height of his career.
1886 - Establishment of Maison Monmousseau
The tradition began in 1886 with Alcide Monmousseau who founded a premium wine merchant house in Montrichard. He discovered one of the most important quarries of local tuffeau stone, perfectly well suited to the production and the maturing on laths of sparkling wines made according to the Méthode Traditionnelle.
1929 - Establishment of Maison Donatien Bahuaud
Donatien Bahuaud, who roamed through the vineyards when he was young, liked to watch barrel laden boats travelling up the Loire. Thus was born his vocation: he founded Maison Donatien Bahuaud in 1929.
1961 - Date of the production of the first red Loire Valley wines at Domaine des Hardières
This is the year when the estate, historically recognized for its premium white wines, became a forerunner in the production of the first Loire Valley red wines.
1964 - Establishment of Domaine de la Perruche
Domaine de la Perruche was created thanks to a family of local farmers who owned some vines in addition to their cows and other livestock. Their children decided in turn to invest in vine-growing.
1969 - Acquisition of family vineyards by Jean-Paul Couamais
Deeply attached to his native land, Jean-Paul Couamais took over the vines belonging to his parents in 1969. He selected parcels with excellent terroirs next to the estate.