The Garagistes


The Gisborne Garagiste Wine Company
Garagiste [Fr., noun ]- a term coined to describe those small producers in Bordeaux whose production, according to wine writer Michel Bettane, “ was so small that it would fit into a garage”.
Characterised as "winemaker's wine” vins de garage wines come from previously unknown estates without proven track record or pedigree. Alternatively such wine is referred to as "super-cuvée" or "microchâteau".
Tthe emergence of Château Valandraud involving  Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud, developed the  description of a "movement". Founded in 1989 on a 1 hectare plot in Saint-Émilion, and with limited funds, much work was done with minimal equipment in their garage. The high levels of labour and low output yields have defined the method of production and lead to the Garagiste title.
With the growth of Château Valandraud  the Thunevins have since taken on several projects, including Thunevin-Calvet. With  a determination to produce great wine, Jean-Roger Calvet decided to leave the local co-operative and began vinifying tiny quantities of  wines from old vine Grenache and Carignan  in his garage in Maury. In 2001 he teamed up with Jean-Luc Thunevin, who shared this vision leading to the formation of  Domaine Thunevin-Calvet . Over the years, the domaine has continued to grow and the ‘garage’ has been replaced by a spacious well equipped winery.
In Gisborne former workmates and winemakers Peter Bristow, Brent Laidlaw and Russell Walsh  have embraced this philosophy to produce wines for the Gisborne Garagiste Wine Company. During the 2000 vintage in Maury, France Brent Laidlaw worked with Jean –Roger Calvet and has taken this philosophy to team up with Peter and Russell in 2012 to produce small quantities of wine which express the vintage and  vineyard site in  the style of wine we enjoy.
Produced in a small tin shed on Stout Street , Gisborne, the Gisborne Garagiste Company wines seek to  excite the senses ,engage the tastebuds and encourage discussion.