Domaine la Bouïssière

Gilles and Thierry Faravel
7, Rue du Portail 84190 Gigondas
Tel. +33 490 658 791  
Vente direct: From Caveau at
7, Rue du Portail Gigondas



The father of the current owners, Antonin Faravel, was the son of a shepherd and postman, who had inherited some fields in Gigondas, partly overgrown with olives or garrigues. As a 14-year-old boy Antonin in 1941 started to work at Pierre Amadieu.During the years he ended up getting responsibility for field operations at Amadieu, and during the 30 years he worked here, he was part of or was responsible for planting or replanting of this domain's vineyards, which today covers 127 ha in Gigondas. After the winter of 1956, only a few olive trees survived, therefore Antonin in his spare time began to clear the remains of olives and to plant vines on his father's fields in Gigondas, located at an altitude of 350-500m. tilted to the Dentelles de Montmirail and thus among the coolest terroirs in Gigondas. Initially Antonin sold the grapes to Amadieu, but in 1978 he made and bottled some of the production. However, he continued to sell a part of it to Amadieu.
In 1985 Antonin's eldest son Gilles joined his father. He "brought" with him 5 ha Beaumes de Venise, from which the grapes until a few years ago have been sold to the cooperative. In 1988 died Antonin, and in 1989 Thierry Faravel joined his brother after since 1981 to have been working in the cellars of Amadieu.
The younger sister Josiane has since 2014 worked with her brothers and it will probably be her you meet in their shop in Gigondas.

The vineyards cover 9 ha of Gigondas, 5 ha of Beaumes de Venise and 2.6 ha of Vacqueyras. They are not certified agriculture biologique, but practice dictates that they might be some time in the future. 

2018: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. 35% aged in cement tank and the rest in 2-5-years-old foudres for 12 months. 

Gigondas “Le Font de Tonin”
2018:  76% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre. 62% is de-stemmed. Aged in 2-7-years-old barrels for 12 months. 
The word "Tonin" is the Proven
çal abbreviation of the father's name, Antonin, who planted the vines for this cuvée around 1950.

2018: 53% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre.
35% matured in cement tank and the rest in barriques or demi-muds.

Beaumes de Venise
2018: 75% Grenache, 27% Syrah. 60% aged in older barrels and the rest in cement tank.
55% is matured in cement tank and the rest in old barrels.

VDF Les Amis de la Bouïssière
2019: 36% Merlot, 40% Syrah, 24% Caladoc.

Photos from the cellar are from Facebook

Thierry Faravel at Auspice du Gigondas April 2015

Gilles and Thierry Faravel August 2008
When the picture was taken Gilles had just left the seat of his tractor after a long day of hard work in the vineyard on a hot August day and would rather
be free of
exposure. The outgoing Thierry is more used to be in front of a camera. He is responsible for the work in the cellar.
By the way, Thierry loves music (jazz) and should good at double bass.

Thierry and his sister Josiane at Gigondas sur Table 2019

Thierry Faravel is married to Corinna (Kruse) Faravel.
The couple live at Corinna's beautyfully situated La Martinelle in Lafare

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Updated 22-03-2021