Our history

Château Haut Grelot was born in 1920 from a small farm in the village of “Les Grelots”. My great-grandfather and my grandfather established the estate on the cultivation of vines and livestock. In 1927, we obtained the right to draw the well within our buildings which made it possible to unite the estate. This grouping confirmed the birth of Château Haut Grelot and enabled its development. We might not be here today, which is why this year 1927 has a strong symbolism for us. In 1975, Joël Bonneau, my father, took over the family business, focusing it exclusively on growing vines. In 1981, he began direct sales to favor Producer-Consumer contact and devote himself most singularly to your request. During the last 30 years, he has enlarged the vineyard by selecting quality grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot for the red grape varieties.

A pioneer in viticultural techniques, he endeavored to modernize production tools, work in harmony with nature and share his passion with you.

Today, Château Haut Grelot totals 67 hectares. Céline and I work together to perpetuate the quality of the wines and the image of Château Haut Grelot.

We believe in a balance between innovation and tradition. Although our cellar has state-of-the-art equipment and technology, we remain very attached to traditional grape varieties through the diversity of the terroirs of our vineyard. To express the authenticity of our wines, we take care to preserve the artisanal and natural side of the vinification. Today, we work part of our vineyard in organic farming, which allows us to reason our cultural practices.

The doors of the domains are open to you to discover our history and taste our wines. Do not hesitate to come meet us!

Enseigne du Château Haut-Grelot
Balade dans les vignes Château Haut-Grelot
Gros plan sur une grappe de raisin Château Haut-Grelot
Travail dans les vignes Château Haut-Grelot
Elevage du vin en fûts Château Haut-Grelot

Our vineyard

In our vineyard, two terroirs predominate: sandy-gravelly on the hillsides bordering the Gironde Estuary and sandy-clayey-loamy on the hillsides further inland. These soils bring fruitiness and power to our red wines; and all the freshness, expression of aromas and delicacy in our white wines. It is striking to see the undulation of our hillsides compared to the rest of the appellation. These exposures are very favorable for a perfect exposure of the grapes and a natural flow. The region of Blaye benefits from a favorable microclimate where the rate of sunshine is high and an ideal humidity for the maturation of the grapes, thanks to the influence of the Gironde estuary. We always cultivate our vines with more care through precise and reasoned operations. Disbudding, desuckering, stripping, low yields and green harvesting… are essential practices to obtain grapes that ripen as desired. The objective is to spread out the bunches on the vine stock so that they benefit from maximum sunshine and aeration; synonymous with quality for the future wine.

Our commitments

Reasoned culture 

Since 2015, we have been working jointly with a EURALIS supplier for the reduction of phytosanitary inputs called the “OPTIDOSE” program. Our objective is to meet the requirements of the vine while preserving the ecosystem. All our efforts are focused on clean and sustainable viticulture to offer you quality wines that respect the environment. Today, we work part of our vineyard in organic farming, which allows us to reason our cultural practices.

Technical data

Average age of the vineyard: 25 years old

Area: 67 hectares

25 hectares of white grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle, Sémillon, Sauvignon Gris, Chenin blanc

42 hectares of red grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Marsellan

Vendange manuelle du raisin Château Haut-Grelot
Emballage bouteilles vins Château Haut-Grelot
Analyse des sols Château Haut-Grelot