It is on terraced hillsides that the Domaine Niero harvests the best grapevines of Viognier and Syrah to offer unique vintages of Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie. Created in 1973, Domaine Niero is run today by the third generation, Remi Niero. Remi took over from his father, Robert, in 2004, after inheriting a lifetime of knowledge and passion for winemaking from both his father and grandfather.
His vineyards are located in Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie, two prestigious appellations in the Northern Rhône. Niero's production is very limited, but his wines represent the best that the Rhône has to offer.
Caring about environment, Remi Niero cultivates his vineyards in a sustainable manner. Not only to grow better grapes, but also to preserve the special landscape of the vineyards. For Rémi, the essence of winemaking lies mainly in the vineyard: its wines have to show where they come from.
Winery Philosophy: "Having a real passion for wine for nearly twenty years, I’ve followed in my father’s footsteps and have taken over the family domain by his side from 2004. For three generations (the domain was created in 1973), we have given much importance to the quality of our wines from the unique soils of Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie.
As vintage wines from the northern Rhône Valley, my vintages reflect our passion and are the fruits of a genuine know-how, a legacy from both my father and my grandfather. I invite you to discover the typical aspects of my wines, which I’ve worked on while keeping up the tradition and respect of our environment to make them the finest and the most unique vintages.
Either in Condrieu or in Côte-Rôtie, each type of vine (Viognier or Syrah) fully expresses itself according to its favourite soil. Endowed with a great open-mindedness further to my numerous visits through worldwide vineyards, I strive to make my wines delicate, structured and unique products. From the vineyard work to the wine-making process, my team and I have done our best to get the perfect maturity and the quintessence of aroma in order to offer the wines that wonderfully reflect our outstanding soil."
Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie wine grower
Now at the head of the vineyard , Rémi Niero has taken over from his father Robert, who, from Rémi’s early age, has passed on to him his whole know-how and passion for wine growing. The latter had taken over a small vineyard from his father-in-law Jean Pinchon in 1985, planting and working hard in those “chaillets” to make one of the most beautiful landscapes of our shared patrimony look more beautiful. Despite the requirement of this soil, his efforts have been rewarded by the authentic and natural balance of the wines.
To honor his masters Robert and Jean, Rémi offers his new vintage « Héritage» ,which is particularly faithful to the know-how and identity of the domain. Taken from the selection of the most beautiful casks of Condrieu, it will charm your taste buds and those of your guests.
Winery Acreage: 3 hectares in Condrieu / 2 hectares in Côte Rôtie
Varietals Produced: Syrah and Viognier
The Condrieu vineyard nearly disappeared several times, suffering throughout history from invasions, raids and phylloxera at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Avignon popes strove to reconstruct this vineyard for their pleasure, and soon Condrieu had regained is prestige. The Condrieu AOC covers nearly 200 hectares, of which 100 is under vine. There are six parcels on the steep hillsides overlooking the Rhône river: Côteau de Chéry, La Roncharde, Côte Chatillon, La Caille, Vergelas and Corbéry.
Viognier is planted on granitic steep hillsides overlooking the river, facing south/south-east, with warm mornings and a cool nights.
The Côte-Rôtie vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in France, developed by the Romans. During the Middle Ages, a legend says that Lord Maugiron shared his wealth between his two daughters, one brunette and the other blond, hence the names that the wines have kept: Côte Brune and Côte Blonde. The Côte-Rôtie AOC covers 300 hectares, of which nearly 200 are under vine. It covers 3 communes: Saint-Cyr sur Rhône, Ampuis and Tupin-Semon. Côte-Rôtie is the domain of the Syrah vine, which is broad and manly. The vine is harvested on grape-pickers’ backs on very steep granitic hillsides called “chaillets”, held back by stone walls. Rémi and Robert Niero’s Côte-Rôtie comes from two parcels over two hectares: La Viallière and Le Côteau de Bassenon.
Domaine Remi Niero - WA
"Created in 1973, Domaine Niero is run today by the third generation Remi Niero, who took over from his father in 2004. He makes three outstanding Condrieu and two solid Côte Rôties. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- The Wine Advocate (Issue #222, December 2015), 92 pts