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Domaine Jones re-opens Adopt an Old Vine scheme

Languedoc-based winemaker Katie Jones is re-opening her ‘Adopt an Old Vine’ scheme, offering customers and followers the chance to become ‘vine parents’ to an old vine at Domaine Jones.

The adoption scheme, which Jones first launched in April 2021, assists in the maintenance required for the vineyards, and to rescue them from being ripped up, while giving ‘vine parents’ a unique insight into the life of an old vine.

From tomorrow (1 June 2023), aspiring vine parents can view and vet potential vines from a selection of over 100 old vines up for adoption on the Domaine Jones website.

Vine parents can choose from vines ranging from 50 years to more than 100 years, with a 118 -year-old Carignan Gris being the oldest on offer.

Vines will be listed by name – which can be changed by the owner – and vineyard, with varieties including Macabeu, Grenache Gris, Carignan Gris, Lledoner Pelut, Carignan and a Fitou vineyard St Roch.

The vines are planted on small parcels in the hills surrounding the village of Tuchan and Paziols in rural southern France.

The annual cost of the adoption scheme is €60 with the possibility to receive wine from their vine twice yearly. Vine parents will also receive a T-shirt, certificate of adoption, a photo fridge magnet of their vine, and a name tag keyring with the name of their vine. A special metal tag will be tied to the vine with the name of the owner so that vine parents can visit their vine in-situ.

Vine parents will be able to check in on their vine’s progress thrugh a personal web page and will receive seasonal updates, information on the vineyard and links to videos and images.

Jones said of the adoption scheme: “It is heartbreaking to see the number of old vines decline in the Languedoc. They are the true representation of the terroir and such an integral part of local history.

“Whilst they may be expensive to work and maintain, they do make the best quality wine and I am pleased that in adopting an old vine my customers can help me to protect them.”

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