Chateau Gravas is a family owned and operated winery, currently managed by husband and wife Michel and Florence Bernard.
The name "Gravas" comes from "graves", a gravelly soil that perfectly suits the production of Sauternes wines.
The estate is superbly located in Barsac between Château Coutet, Château Climens and Château Doisy-Daëne. The total production is 2,000 cases/year.
Six generations of Claverie and Bernard families succeeded each other on the Gravas estate. For several decades, the Gravas vineyard has remained very modest (1 hectare.) before reaching its current area (around 8 hectares.) In 1930. Château Gravas still holds a beautiful stone press of the year 1900.
There are 8 hectares (19.8 acres) of vineyard for the production of Sauternes. The soil is a mix of clay, sand and limestone. The 60 year-old vines are harvested by hand: the grapes are picked in successive passes. The wine is aged in both French and American oak barrels. There are 5 villages in Sauternes: Preignac, Barsac, Fargues, Bommes and Sauternes.
What makes Sauternes so unique, is the Ciron river, that runs in the middle of the AOC. The Ciron is responsible for the heavy morning fog that is quite essential to the development of the Botrytis, bringing some light humidity to the vineyards.