Amy Lillard & Matt Kling

Amy & Matt amid the vinesMatt and Amy met at the Kermit Lynch retail shop in Berkeley. Amy worked at the store and Matt was a customer. In 2005 they left the Bay Area and moved to a small town in the Southern Rhône 20 minutes outside of Avignon, where they bought 3.75 hectares of vineyards in the Côtes du Rhône, and a small house, and started making wine. The name of their domaine is La Gramière.

Well not exactly. Long story short they did make the wine, but not without a lot of sacrifice and a lot of determination. They do almost all of the work themselves, with occasional help from their friends and family at harvest. The grapes are hand-picked, without anything added or taken away. They cultivate without herbicides or pesticides and vinify in concrete vats with naturally occurring yeasts. The result: true wines of place.