This famous estate played a key role in the survival of the Condrieu appellation. Today the third-generation winemaker is not only cementing the family’s reputation for Viognier but making a name with its Syrahs, too. Matt Walls reports.

Georges Vernay: a timeline

1926 Birth of Georges Vernay

1938 First hectare of Coteau du Vernon planted by George’s father Francis Vernay

domaine-georges-vernay-condrieu-coteau-de-vernon-500x5001940 Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie both awarded AC status

1953 Georges takes over from his father and Domaine Georges Vernay is established on the basis of the 1ha of Coteau du Vernon

1957 Birth of Christine Vernay

1960 Second hectare of Coteau du Vernon planted

1970 Purchase of small parcel of the Maison Rouge lieu-dit in Côte-Rôtie

1996 Last vintage vinified by Georges

1997 First vintage vinified by Christine

2000 First vintage of La Blonde du Seigneur, Côte-Rôtie Domaine Georges Vernay, La Blonde du Seigneur

2001 First vintage of La Dame Brune, St-Joseph rouge

2014 Christine is elected to join l’Académie du Vin de France



  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Georges Vernay: a timeline
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