The Gauthier family has been making wine for several generations, but it was my father, René, who created the Domaine de Colette in 1953.
He bought his first parcel of land, and decided to plant grape vines. Dad also became a sharecropper of a farm that had been abandoned during World War I.
It was a lot of hard work, but with the help of my mother, he replanted that vineyard site entirely.

In addition to this, my parents had the opportunity to buy other parcels, so by 1972 they had 8 hectares of vineyards. At this time they constructed a winery and built their home next to it.

Jacky Gauthier dans ses vignesA few years later I decided to become a winemaker and I began my enology studies.

While I was in the winemaking school, an uncle (in 1980) offered me a sharecropping proposal which I, at the tender age of 17, accepted.
In 1984 I was able to buy my uncle’s vineyard and I was making wine from both my parent’s vines and, now, my own.

A decade later we created one single company, eliminating some bureaucratic red tape. The results are seen today, with Domaine de Colette, run by my wife Evelyne and myself.

My father passed away in 1995.

Presently our son Pierre Alexandre is studying viticulture and enology.

Domaine de Colette is now comprised of 14 hectares of vineyards, situated in several Beaujolais and cru Beaujolais appellations.

Jacky Gauthier