This story begins with two farms deeply involved in their cooperation in the Clairette de Die region. The first belonging to Vincent and Hembise, pioneers of organic winemaking, began this journey 30 years ago, largely supported at that time by Alain BONO, a committed and motivated technical director who passed away a few years later. The one belonging to Cyrille was purchased 10 years ago from another pioneer, André BILLAUD. He was the first to venture into the creation of biodynamic wine.
In 2013, it became clear that the general policy adhered to by the cooperative we belonged to at that time was in total contradiction to our ambitions and our values. Vincent and Cyrille’s positions on the Board of Directors had not been renewed, thus preventing any constructive conversation.
After 25 years of complete investment in the cooperative structure, we decided to venture out on our own and put our own convictions into practice. This is how Côté Cairn was born, in the form of an economic interest group, whose purpose is to sell and promote wines and other organic fair trade products.
A mound of stones gathered over time by shepherds and travelers to mark a mountain path, the cairn symbolizes our collective spirit and invites everyone to participate in its development.
We want to demonstrate that producing organically is good for the consumer, good for the producer and good for the environment. And the cherry on top is that it’s not necessarily bad for the one’s wallet.
Today, price differences between an organic and a non-norganic product are often unjustified. The current mode of distribution over a long circuit exaggerates these price differences. Organic is too often considered a « luxury » product.
We do not want to succumb to or follow this type of market. We want to pave new roads. Remaining convinced that organic is not a trend or marketing gimmick, but a real societal choice, we stay true to our values and our commitment: to accompany our product to the end, from the vineyard to the glass.
In line with the principle of Solidarity and Social Economy, we promote a sense of community and local employment, cooperation and collaboration, as well as the sharing of responsibilities with our employees.
The harvest marks the final stage of the year and is the best time for connections, new friendships and festive sharing.
The cairn is thus the symbol of what binds us all together: producers, caretakers of the vines and the winery, consumers, around a sparkling wine marked by a strong identity.