Aubais is a medieval village located between Montpellier and Nimes in France's Languedoc region. Back when the villagers spoke Provençal, they were proud to say that they were from Aubais itself, 'd'Aubaï méma', rather than simply the general area.
In 2002, Mark Haynes adopted the expression for his new domaine with equal pride. Mark’s long-held ambition to make wine became a reality when 10 hectares of vineyards in the outlying Liverna valley were purchased. Shielded from the worst of the weather by wooded hills and garrigue, the 50 year old Carignan and Grenache vines, and more recently planted Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier, have been cultivated organically from the outset.
The aim is to create real 'vins de terroir' that explore what each grape variety can express in terms of fruit imprinted with the character of their surroundings, a terroir of limestone and clay based on rock formations dating back 93 million years. Hand-picked bunches of grapes arrive at the winery in crates, where temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and natural yeasts are used exclusively. ‘Real Wine, Nature’s Way’.