Admit it, we’ve all thought about it. Instead of merely cellaring it, or just drinking it, or even writing about it, wouldn’t it be more rewarding to be actually making it? Rather than living our lives as a bystander, a cheering spectator, what would it feel like to be one of the players for a change? What would it be like, as Richard Leroy put it to me a few years ago, to have your own domaine, your own kingdom, where you take all the decisions, making your own wine and ultimately taking control of your own destiny?
If you haven’t thought about it then I certainly have. Usually, however, the thoughts are quickly curtailed with tedious rationalisations. It’s not practical, I don’t have the time, and there is that old adage about starting out with a large fortune, and ending up with – well, I’m sure you know how it goes. It isn’t long before I have managed to talk myself out of it, and my thoughts turn to something else. Someone who didn’t talk herself out of it though is Christelle Guibert (pictured above). In her case these nascent plans began, with the help of Vincent Caillé of Domaine Le Fay d’Homme, to crystallise into something real, something tangible. That ‘something’ is called Vine Revival.