Domaine Jean Féry & Fils
Viticulteurs en Bourgogne
A passionate family history spanning 5 generations, RESPECT FOR LAND AND A TASTE FOR MODERNITY.
It is in the 19th century that the family’s history began: Jean-Louis Féry’s ancestors worked as clog makers or stable boys; they already lived in Échevronne, as well as in neighboring villages. In this harsh area known as the Hautes-Côtes, they worked like beasts of burden to somewhat improve their daily routines, tilling small plots of land to grow vegetables and make their own wine. His great grand-father Pierre Jacob became the mayor of the village and remained in office for 30 years. His great grand-father’s son Louis was a grower and later on a trader of berries (raspberries and blackcurrant).
Then, in the early 20th century, Louis became a prosperous wholesaler: he shipped the blackcurrant buds he produced as far as Grasse where they were used in the composition of perfumes (Chanel n°5, Molinard); he also supplied liquor makers in Dijon - although the crème de cassis became really famous in the 50s thanks to the Chanoine Kir, it was actually invented in Dijon as early as 1841. Louis also bought vineyards to make wine which he sold in barrels to wine traders in Beaune. He even sent his 18-year old daughter to the wine laboratory in Beaune: in 1940, she was the only female employee.
In 1959, Marcelle, her brother Lucien Jacob and her husband Jean Féry, as well as a few wine makers in their generation, created the Groupement des Jeunes Professionnels de la Vigne et du Vin (Young Professional Winemakers’ Association). Their dedication contributed to the official granting of the two appellations «Bourgognes Haute-Côtes de Beaune» and «Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits» in 1961.
In 1980, Marcelle and Jean Féry founded their own winery and label. In 1988, their eldest son Jean-Louis took over the estate and gave it new impetus.
In 2016, Jean-Louis Féry and his son Frédéric led the development and ensured the durability of the estate with a focus on thorough vineyard work, fine quality wines, respect for terroir and observance of organic farming principles.