S.C.V. Castelmaure is a cave cooperative founded in 1921. Today it consists of 65 members, 15 of which bring 85% of the production. The winery is located in the unofficial Corbières cru site of Durban (there are 11 unofficial Cru's in Corbières). The Serre mountain in the south protects the little plateau of Castelmaure from the off-weather patterns of the Mediterranean Sea.
For almost 15 years, the team, Patrick de Marien (president of the cave) and Bernard Pueyo (the director) worked in trying to produce wines of higher quality each year. In 2018 Bernard Pueyo retired and his successor, Antoine Robert, has been designed to make sure the philosophy remains focused and unchanged.
The co-op farms 412 hectares (1,018 acres) around the tiny hamlet of Embres et Castelmaure. Each of the 760 parcels are supervised by a technician who inspects them & records their characteristics. They have learned new methods for pruning, ploughing, checking yields, sorting & selecting that respectful to the environment. All the grapes are harvested by hand. In the cellar, vat hygiene, temperature control and ultramodern pressing contribute to a better expression of the terroir.
Antoine Robert is the head winemaker & director of the cave, succeeding longtime director Bernard Pueyo. He is assisted in winemaking by Fabrice Santini.
Castelmaure produces 90% red wine, 80% of which is A.O.C. Corbières. The soil is made of schist, limestone, alluvial river wash and argilo-calcaire.