Auvergne

François Dhumes

Francois DhumesFrancois Dhumes spent 5 years working for a few traditional estate in the Rhone. After a while he realized the more he learned about conventional winemaking the less interested in it he was.
It was when he moved back to his native Auvergne that he met winemakers like Vincent Tricot, Patrick Bouju, and Stephane Majeune, started learning from them, and developed a real understanding of how to make wine with no additives — just perhaps a touch of sulphur at bottling.Francois leads a simple life in the mountains of Auvergne, working 3 hectares of vines on volcanic slopes. He grows gamay and chardonnay but still puts in some time working for Tricot and Bouju to earn money to expand his estate.