Three members of the Munier family welcome us to the estate: Laurent, his wife Floriane and their son François. Domaine de la Montardière is a family affair. After arriving in 1532 in Tartegnin, Switzerland, the Muniers have been running the estate for over 20 generations. When Laurent Munier took over the estate in 1990, the estate was 9 hectares. Today, it has 16 hectares, mainly Chasselas.
The wines of Domaine de la Montardière, from Chasselas to Pedz’ouille
18 types of wine and 13 grape varieties. 80% of the production is Chasselas, with 3 wines: Mont-sur-Rolle, Silène, Montardière. Floriane recalls that the Chasselas comes from the region, studies have proved it! The specificity of the estate’s Chasselas: they are vinified with a little residual sugar which gives rounder wines.
The Munier family likes to experiment, as with the Pedz’ouille Cocktail, a Chasselas with 9.2% alcohol.
For 2 years now, the estate has been herbicide-free. The family wants to convert to organic as of January 2019, and recently, a disease-resistant and untreated white variety has been planted.
The family Munier’s favourite wine
The favourite wine of the Munier family is without hesitation Chasselas la Montardière, synonymous with sharing with friends and family.
- Montardière with a fondue, raclette, malakoffs, and as an aperitif.
- Gamaret, Garanoir with grilled meat and lean meat.
- Cabernet Franc Syrah with stronger-tasting dishes like game.
- The blend of red grapes “La Relève” with a mixture of marinated pork, beef and poultry.
- Sparkling wine goes well with oysters.
- And for special occasions, the Muniers recommend the Grain de Folie, a sweet Chasselas.
Taste wines from the Montardière estate
You can taste the wines at the estate, but also in some restaurants and at fairs: Comptoir Suisse, Gout et Terroir, Divinum Payerne and Morges, Basler Weinmesse, Olma, Vinum rarum, Vevey Wine Fair, Automnales in Geneva.
Activities in and around Tartegnin
Laurent and Floriane love their region which offers many possibilities of visits, between lake, forests and castles to visit. More particularly, they appreciate nature walks:
- Arboretum in Aubonne:summer and winter, walks and temporary exhibitions.
- Walk in their vineyards at a place called “les Pannissières”, 10 minutes’ walk from the estate, for a magnificent view of the lake.
A place to eat, the Serpolet restaurant in Tartegnin pairs the wines of Tartegnin with the dishes of the terroir.
To accommodate you, the Muniers recommend the guest house Verveine et Romarin in Mont-sur-Rolle.
Your visit to Domaine de la Montardière
The family arranges so that there is always someone on the spot to welcome you. Ask to visit the cellar and the vineyards!
The winery is open on Mondays and Fridays from 5 pm, on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm, and during the Vaud Open Cellar Days, the estate Open Cellar Days (in spring) and during the grape harvests. Outside opening hours, don’t hesitate to call to arrange an appointment!