La Pèira Team

Team La Peira

Rob Dougan

Owner

Composer, having written music for films such as The Matrix and released music through Warners Bros, Universal, Sony BMG, Rob Dougan started La Pèira with Karine Ahton in 2004. A profile of Rob Dougan by Andrew Jefford for Gourmet Traveler Wine is here. A profile in The Guardian Newspaper by Will Hodgkinson is here.

Team La Peira

Nicolas Giraudeau

Wine Maker

Nicolas studied oenology at the School of Viticulture and Oenology at La Tour Blanche and worked at Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan. In his time, he even worked as far as the canton of Valais, Switzerland, New Zealand, and near Saint-Chinian. Nicolas also holds a master’s degree in vineyard management from Bordeaux Sciences Agro – École Nationale Supérieure.

Team La Peira

Karine Ahton

Owner

Born in Montpellier, and growing up in Lyon, Karine is a qualified solicitor and a legal and business affairs lawyer

“The idea that we can make history now, and we can be a part of that is exciting”

“…the South of France region in general, is the region that’s unfolding before our eyes, in our lifetime. In the way that we’d love to go back to Burgundy and see the nascence of Burgundy when the discoveries were made.

What would we not pay to go back to that time? and be part of that? and see that all happening? And see those famous, wonderful expressions in their first moment of lighting that flame? Or to go back to Bordeaux, when the Dutch engineers were draining the swamps, and they were going to plant the first of these famous vines? When they had no certainty about what was going to be achieved, and they were just discovering that.

But we have that process unfolding before our eyes, in our lifetime, and we have the key to be part of it. And that for me is extraordinary, and we can do that in the French wine region, and we can do that in a wine region that’s not just making history now but is also the oldest wine region in France. The idea that we can make history now, and we can be a part of that is exciting.”

Rob Dougan, La Pèira founder. Read the full interview here

About Nicolas Giraudeau (Winemaker)

Nicolas Giraudeau began his training in the field of wine on the grounds of Château La Tour Blanche 1er Cru Classé in Sauternes.

There are the training of winemakers and in viticulture at the La Tour Blanche School of Viticulture and Oenology has occurred since 1911.

After this, he worked at Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan. He has experienced from as far afield as Valais, Switzerland, and in New Zealand, to as close as our neighbouring appellation Saint-Chinian. He holds a masters degree in vineyard management from Bordeaux Sciences Agro – École Nationale Supérieure. Nicolas take up the baton first handed on by Jérémie Depierre (whose time at La Pèira over 10 years ending with the 2014 vintage was one of extraordinary achievement.) To see our piece on the early days at La Pèira first published March 11, 2009 click here.)

Nicolas Giraudeau on the transition to full organic certification at La Pèira in 2020

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