Georges Vernay (1926-2017) passed away last week, at 91.

Georges Vernay’s brilliance transformed the single hectare that he owned in 1953 into a domain known worldwide, the Domaine Georges Vernay. He was a real erudite peasant, always looking for new techniques to improve wines.

He was both president of the Condrieu appellation for 30 years and a pioneer of the appellation Condrieu, which he saved from despair. In 1960, Condrieu comprised seven hectares, growing to 20 hectares by 1986 and 184 hectares today.

Viognier grapes were unknown before the Second World War, but thanks to Georges Vernay, this distinctive grape variety has been planted all over the world.

To his family, we offer our most sincere condolences.