It was fate that brought Riku and Anna Väänanen to the Bordeaux area from their native Finland. Neither of them had any experience of the wine industry when they came across Château Puybarbe in 2018, but they fell in love with this beautiful setting – with a classic château sitting on a hilltop surrounded by vineyards – and decided to take the plunge.
The pair bought the estate from the Orlando family, who had managed this property in the Còtes de Bourg region for more than 60 years, and set about turning their dream into a reality. Riku and Anna threw themselves into learning all about the winemaking process, building in organic and sustainable practices as they established their business.
Several years on, their ambitious move has become a great success – Riku and Anna have become respected members of the local wine scene, and their wines are very much worth a try.
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