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May 30, 2022 View:

Faber-Rebey family acquires Saint Martin vineyard

Another acquisition in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation is the purchase of Château Saint-Martin by the Fabrebi family, owners of Château de la Cave Noire. We were looking for another vineyard with exceptional terroir to acquire, and when we found out that St. Martin's was for sale, we jumped at the chance," said Pierre Fabre, partner and president of Black Hole Mountain.

Photo courtesy of: Le Wine Guest

The vineyards of Saint-Martin, which have belonged to the Alary family since 1692, are home to many carefully tended old vines of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne and Clairette, some of which are even 100 years old.

Eighteen months ago, Pierre Faber began negotiations with the brothers Frdric and Franois Alary, the original owners of Saint Martin"s. Pierre Faber said that there were many bidders for the property and that his family was not the highest bidder, but promised to keep the property.

The brothers have been running the 62-acre estate since 1984, and as they approach retirement and their children choose different careers, they have decided to find new owners to keep the property going. The brothers are said to be ahead of their time, having avoided the use of fertilizers and pesticides in the vineyard for the past 30 years of the agricultural calendar, so the estate is certified organic and biodynamic.

In response, Pierre Faber says: Black Hole Mountain Winery is HVE3 certified (High Environmental Value). At Oratoire in Saint-Martin, we will learn more about organic and biodynamic farming and see what we can apply at Black Cave Hill Winery.

The wine will continue to be made in Ohava, although eventually they may renovate the cellar. This place is unique in that 85% of the vines grow on the hillside. We will produce 80,000 bottles, 85% of which will be red, 15% white and no rosé

Three years ago, Pierre Faber took over the winery from his father and uncle and works alongside his cousin, who focuses on marketing and logistics. Château Black Hole Hill has 247 acres of vineyards in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, including 62 acres in the Rhône Valley region and 82 acres in Lirac. They also produce 33,000 cases under their Rserve Mont-Redon label.