Château Minuty – Winegrowing Above the Bay of Saint Tropez
Gabriel Farnet, the grandfather of its current owner, purchased Château Minuty in 1936. During the reign of Napoleon III, Château Minuty was the jewel of the Germondi family, who built it upon the peninsula between Calvaire and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Gabriel Farnet planted new vineyards, built new cellars and restored Château Minuty to new glory. More importantly, he laid the foundation for the winery’s excellent reputation. Today, many villas and hotels along the Côte d'Azur are still proud to own a few of the early, thick-bellied bottles of Burgundy from Château Minuty.
Provençal Winegrowing from Carignan to Grenache
When Farnet’s daughter Monique and her husband Etienne took over the winery, they planted traditional Provençal grape varieties, consistently reduced the harvest, placed especial value on high quality and continued to improve upon the already good reputation of Château Minuty’s wines. Today the winery’s future lies in the capable hands of the brothers Jean-Etienne and François Matton: They have replaced the Carignan and Ugni Blanc grapes with predominately Grenache and Rolle varieties, have modernised the winery and now concentrate on the production of svelte, fresh and elegant rosé wines which are both youthful and sophisticated.