Yves Cuilleron’s estate in the Northern Rhone is the epitome of a family owned vineyard. While his passion was not always wine and viticulture, he came back to his roots and found a way to represent both sides of his family in the way the estate was run.
Cuilleron’s estate has been in his family since 1920, when it was purchased by his paternal grandfather, who sold his first bottles in 1947. In 1960, Yves’ uncle, Antoine Cuilleron, took over the estate.
Yves Cuilleron initially intended to be a mechanic instead of following in his family’s footsteps with wine production. He did his military service in Alsace and attributes his renewed interest in wine to tastings and restaurants he would go to with his friends in the region. When his uncle Antoine retired, Cuilleron’s family was considering selling the estate. However, Yves stepped up and took over the estate in 1987.
In 1992, Cuilleron moved the winery to Verlieu, his mother’s home village, which he extended in 1999 and again in 2007. Moving the estate to his mother’s home town is what truly brought both sides of the family together into the family business.
Since acquiring the vineyard, Cuilleron has worked to extend its holdings and advance its reputation. Through his efforts, the estate now owns land in the Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Cote Rotie, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, and Saint-Peray appellations, with the key wines coming from Cote Rotie and Condrieu. Cuilleron has also teamed up with Californian wine producer Jeff Cohn, where the benefits of California’s climate are combined with Yves’ skill in wine making.
Yves Cuilleron’s ambition has served the estate well over the past 30 years, as well as his determination to produce the best quality wines he can.