Helen Durand is one of the most meticulous and thorough winemakers in Rasteau. He has been making and selling his wines since he was sixteen years old and now has twenty vintages under his belt at the family estate. The Trapadis winery is certified organic and cultivates 35 hectares of vines in several appellations. The wines are balanced, wholesome and colourful, and they stand out for their intensity and texture while being easily digestible and fresh. At this estate nothing is left to chance: Every detail is diligently executed to obtain dense, but elegant and fine wines with a long finish.
“Wine is a photograph of an environment, a climate and a terroir at a certain moment where a man’s mind and hand determine the quality of the print.” That's how Helen Durand defines his approach to wine.
Although the estate’s wines are vins de pays or Côtes du Rhône they are all made with the Grenache grape, ideally suited to the Rasteau area. The Trapadis vineyards are situated on a sandy plateau (65%) and on blue and yellow clay hillsides (35%).
The mouth of the Rhône valley, with its picturesque villages and the famous city of Avignon, is an area rich in history that leaves no traveller indifferent. The famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation is surrounded by a series of villages populated by a growing group of ambitious winemakers surround. The soil diversity, different climatic conditions and the many grape varieties all contribute to making the Rhône a rich and varied region whose wines are well defined by their appellations.
With an annual rainfall that hovers around 60 cm, drought is the main challenge in the Southern Rhône’s Mediterranean climate. The mistral, blowing from the north to the Mediterranean, brings with it large temperature variations. The most common grape varieties are Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvèdre.