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The two world-renowned wine experts Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauvef the 2012 edition of their annual guide named Christine Vernay Personality of the Year, for all her achievements at the head of the family estate in Rhone Valley. "Producer of exceptional wines, the absolute pinnacle of quality in France and in the World", Domaine Georges Vernay also joins the 30 most prestigious French Wine Estates rated 5*B&D including Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Château Yquem, Château Lafite Rothschild, Champagne Krug…
Domaine Georges Vernay lies among steep slopes of the northern Rhone Valley. The property has become a major emblem of French winegrowing, from the time when Georges Vernay saved the Condrieu appellation. Since 1997, Christine Vernay, Francis' granddaughter, has continued the family commitment, anchoring its savoir-faire and imprinting her father Georges' style on the reds and whites. Georges Vernay created the family business with 1.5 hectares of AOC Condrieu "Coteau du Vernon" vineyards. Towards the end of the 40's, Georges Vernay became one of the most ardent defenders and saviours of the Appellation, then about to disappear. Today, the vinification is assured by his children Luc and Christine Vernay and the estate extends over 16 hectares - 7 hectares in the appellation Condrieu, of which 3 hectares are old vines producing 2 prestigious wines matured in barrels: 3 hectares of Côte Rotie, 1.5 hectares of St.-Joseph and 5 hectares of local wine Syrah and Viognier. Whatever the classification, the wines are always delicious and of the highest quality. The Domaine produces 3,500 cases on average each year and the wines are raised lutte raisonnée.
In 2013, Christine was given the prestigious award of "Winemaker of the Year" by Bettane & Dessauve.