Our Terroirs


A Vineyard Geared Towards the Future

28 hectares of vines spread over 3 terroirs, producing around fifteen cuvées certified HVE3 and from sustainable agriculture.

Thouaré sur Loire

Thouaré is home to the second vineyard that Philippe Marchais developed, in 1987. These plots, which today cover 3.5 hectares, have allowed the estate to produce a different wine and add the Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire appellation to its portfolio. Growing on a subsoil of schist and graphite, on a south-facing plot on the banks of the Loire, Vignoble de Thouaré is a wine with beautiful minerality. As well as Melon B, which is grown in this vineyard for the Muscadet, there is also Pinot Gris, used in the surprising white wine Coteaux d’Ancenis Malvoisie.

Le Loroux-Bottereau

The Bronnière vineyard, in Le Loroux-Bottereau, is the Marchais family’s original and largest vineyard with 20 hectares of vines. Located on a renowned micaschist terroir of Le Loroux-Bottereau, on the south/south-west slope of the Moulin du Pé hill, it produces fine Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine, with a floral and generous nose. This is also where the Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc varieties are grown for the Vignoble Marchais single varietals collection. In early 2020, new winegrowing practices were introduced here by the estate…

Mauves sur Loire

In 2007, Philippe Marchais took another bold step, with a walled vineyard plot in Mauves-sur-Loire. This small south-facing plot, belonging to the Bois Blot estate, covers 1.5 hectares with a subsoil of micaschist and overlooks the Loire. The microclimate created by the low walls, the century-old trees and the southern exposure produce wines with beautiful ripeness. From this superb terroir, it is possible to produce elegant wines with aromatic complexity, such as Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire as well as the Cru Champtoceaux.

As part of this sustainable development approach, the vineyard introduced a new farming practice – biodynamic agroforestry under plant cover. A hundred or so trees have been planted, around and within a plot of Melon B, on the Moulin du Pé hill in Le Loroux-Bottereau.

Since 2020, Vignoble Marchais has been working to rethink its methods, with support from winemaker Benoit Landron from Domaine Landron Chartier, and the biodynamic winegrowing community.

Its goal is to go fully organic. To help achieve this, sheep have gradually been introduced in the vineyard in Thouaré-sur-Loire. And in 2024, the Muscadet du Grand Clos du Moulin du Pé will be certified organic.