Located between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, in Rivesaltes, in the heart of the Roussillon, Cazes was created in 1895 by Michel Cazes. Like most of the Rivesaltes farmers of his generation, he practised viticulture in order to sell grapes to local winemaking merchants.
In 1927 Aimé, his son, succeeded in convincing Michel that he should buy Mas Joffre, a former property of the famous Maréchal Joffre, who was born in Rivesaltes.
The purchase of this small 8-hectare (20-acre) vineyard was an important chapter in the history of Domaine Cazes. Down the years, the property grew, via the acquisition of neighbouring parcels of land; by the 1950s, its extent had reached 40 hectares (99 acres).
In 1971, younger brother Bernard graduated with an oenology degree from the University of Bordeaux, where he had learned modern vinification techniques under Professors Emile Peynaud and Pascal Ribereau-Gayon.
His entry into the family business proved a decisive step in its development.
From this point onwards, André was to be responsible for management and marketing, while Bernard was to oversee viticulture and winemaking for the estate, which by now had grown to 60 hectares (6148 acres). Today it is Emmanuel Cazes, Bernard’son, who is the wine maker of CAZES and Lionel LAVAIL the general manager of CAZES.
A true pioneer in the production and the marketing of high-quality Roussillon wines, CAZES is known as one of the flag bearers of Roussillon’s viticulture and has become a byword for quality over the past fifty years. Today, CAZES carries out a sales turnover of more than 4.5 million Euros and sells more than 1 200 000 bottles per year, as well in france as abroad.
Whilst remaining vigilant on the excellence of its wines produced from low yielding vines, CAZES proposes a wide range of wines from fabulous Catalan soils which extend over 220 hectares, entirely converted to organic and bio-dynamic culture.