Eight of the world’s oldest wineries

Château de Goulaine, The Loire, France – circa 1000

Photo aerienne du chateau de Goulaine et des marais

Château de Goulaine is located near Nantes in the Loire Valley and has been owned by the family of the Marquis de Goulaine for more than 1,000 years, except for a period between 1788 to 1858 when it changed hands to a Dutch banker following the French Revolution. Château de Goulaine is also the name of the estate-bottled wine produced at the château, one of the last in the Loire to still make wine. Believed to be the oldest known wine business still in existence, today it produces a Muscadet, Sancerre and Vouvray. The estate also grows some Folle blanche.

Since 1984, hundreds of tropical butterflies have called the castle home. Housed in an aviary, the butterflies are allowed to fly freely among tropical plants – a project launched by Robert de Goulaine, 11th Marquis.

4 Responses to “Eight of the world’s oldest wineries”

  1. Rastko Fajndovic says:

    What about Château Haut Brion, The Pontac’s Head and Samuel Pepys?

  2. CHATEAU LA NERTHE (Chateauneuf-du-Pape): first written record 1560, likely to have been established over a century earlier…

  3. Katja says:

    It was not Armenia but Georgia actually. Get your facts straight 😉

  4. Hilda says:

    Growing grapes goes back to 8000 BC and the first people who made wine were Armenians in Areni-1 Cave Complex 6100 BC.

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