Favretto was born in the vines. From an early age he followed
his parents into the vineyard in all seasons, then a little
later, in the silence of the winery he was initiated into the
magic of wine-making. The wines of Château
l’Ancienne Citadelle now carry his mark and are born from both
tradition and the latest in viticultural techniques.
Jean-Luc Favretto spends most of his time surveying his vines
Michèle Favretto, on the other hand, devotes herself to
managing the property and selling the wine. She is will be
delighted to meet you or respond to any queries by telephone.
Jean-Luc and Michèle
are extremely vigilant about the quality of their wine
and do everything possible to keep their customers satisfied.
They love their job and enjoy sharing their passion with
The story of
a powerful fortress, a terroir and a fine wine.
MONTRAVEL : Mons revellum
: the lookout hill, the discovery hill, from the Latin ‘revellere’.
A Roman hill-fort from 400 years BC, and powerful fortress
during the Hundred Years War, Montravel fortress was destroyed
The terroir resembles that of St Emilion. The vineyards of
Montravel benefit from a temperate climate and a south /
south-west orientation which encourages full maturation of the
The oldest reference to wine-making at Montravel dates from
From the early fourteenth-century the archbishops of Bordeaux
drunk the wines of Montravel. Montaigne,
born in 1533 in the heart of the Montravel vineyards, himself a
wine-producer, wrote in his Essays : « Wine is the God which
makes men happy and gives back youth to the old.»
Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).