Just across from the Bandol appellation lie a series of idyllic islands, the Iles d’Or, a protected national park of secluded beaches, dense woods and three vineyards on the main island of Porquerolles. A swift ferry brings you to the domaine of Cyrille Perzinsky and his New Zealander wife, Stephanie. She is great at explaining the unique background of their wines during a lazy tasting under the pine trees.
In 1986, Alexis Perzinsky first visited Porquerolles Island. He and his brother, Cyrille (then winemaker at Château Pibarnon, in Bandol) had long shared the dream of starting their own vineyard.
The island seemed the ideal place to make that dream come true and encouraged by the National Park, which granted them a lease, they cleared several hectares of forest in the central valley and planted vines, creating a firebreak between the village and the lighthouse. The first harvest was in 1993.
More than twenty years later, with a plan to add more vines to the twenty-five acres in production, Cyrille and Alexis have been joined by their brother-in-law, Richard Auther, an experienced oenologist who ran the Domaine La Courtade for more than thirty years.
Being in the heart of a National Park, the domaine uses traditional, natural and sustainable agricultural methods. Their priority is to respect this conservation area and make their wines to reflect their exceptional setting.