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Translated from the original article that appeared in Nice-matin, October 21, 2006: Newcomers reviving vineyards in the Vars

Sporting white hair and wearing a baseball cap with "VOLTERRA" stitched on the front, since 1999 Canadian Josef Schengili has been the owner of the mystique chateau that dominates the Cap Camarat in Ramatuelle.

So as "not to be in France just as a tourist but also to participate in the life of the community", he wanted to acquire a viticultural domain. It was love at first sight for the six hectares of vines that surrounded the former home of Mme. Volterra. The first grape harvest took place in 2003, producing about 10,000 bottles of wine, mostly red along with some white. These wines were presented in 2006. "I'm looking first and foremost for quality and that little something extra; I'm not interested in quantity", he explains in French strongly accented with English. "This benefits everyone." The elaboration of his wines reflects this spirit: later harvests, meticulous sorting of the grapes, fermented in oak tanks and aged in barrels. Behind these individualistic wines is the guidance of George Pauli, an Oenologue originating from the South-West, who lends his taste buds and his nose to the endeavour.

The family of Josef Schengili is also directly implicated in the domain: Jennifer, his eldest daughter, leaves her veterinary practice in Canada for two months out of the year to be the cellar master during the harvest.

Even if the domain is not huge, the costs of restoration certainly are; Josef Schengili is not looking to make a profit out of this venture. His daughter says that he hopes one day to at least recover his production costs. The mayor of Ramatuelle, Roland Bruno, is very pleased with this rebirth: "All these vineyards — there are half a dozen domains in Ramatuelle — create the identity of the village and the beauty of the county. These owners desire to make excellent wine and that benefits everyone".