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THE WINEMAKER

Virginie Maignien

Behind the Spanda hides Virginie, a generous and passionate winegrower with an atypical career. It was during the Franche-Comté family meals of her childhood that she discovered the pleasures of wine without thinking of making it her profession. Graduated from ESSEC Business School, she began a professional career in the museum sector.

 

But on the eve of his 30 years, it is the revelation: life is short and fragile. Virginie, the good epicurean that she is, wants to take full advantage of it and make her life consistent with her values ​​and desires. It's decided, she will leave Paris to become a winegrower! She therefore trained at the CFPPA in Beaune and embarked on the wine adventure, first as an editor for the Gault & Millau wine guide, then as a wine merchant and finally to take the vineyard path.

 

It was in the southwest at the Causse Marines estate, in the Gaillac region, that Virginie moved in 2005 alongside Patrice Lescarret. Together and for 15 years, they will travel, have a son, Abel, and produce exceptional natural wine. A rich adventure that allowed her to develop beautiful friendships across France and the world. Virginie, in fact, is a strong and sensitive woman who has a sense of sharing and conviviality.

 

But Virginie is also a free spirit who lets her creativity express both in her professional and personal life. She enjoys art in all its forms, practices dance and teaches yoga. In 2019, faithful to her philosophy of life, Virginie takes the plunge and launches Spanda in Calce in Languedoc Roussillon, a region for which she has fallen in love. More than a simple vineyard, Virginie wishes to develop a project through which will express her love for the land and the things of life, a space where everyone will feel free to be and this in constant respect for the nature.

 

Thus, as Saint Francis of Assisi said: " who works with his hands is a worker, who works with his hands and his head is an artisan, who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist".

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