• Uninterrupted wine making since 1740

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Uninterrupted wine making since 1740

Masburel was founded in 1740 by Jean de Sambellie, Consul of Sainte-Foy to King Louis XV of France, used the Masburel site to build a chartreuse – a residential Chateau. He promptly planted a vineyard, taking advantage of the favourably south-facing, well-drained slopes. The chateau remained the residence of top royal administrators up until the French revolution when it became an important winemaking estate. It passed from one owner to another up to and including the last war when the property became the scene of a dangerous game of hide and seek between the German occupying forces and the resistance. Over the centuries, the vineyard had become established within a particular controlled appellation, Montravel, whose chief function is to produce the top Bergerac wines grand crus.

Chateau Masburel was bought by Olivia and Neil Donnan in 1997.The main Chateau was returned to its former glory of exposed stone and elegant courtyard and the winery boasted the most modern equipment. Between 1998 and 2003 over one third of the vineyard was replanted with the best quality of classic grape varieties found in this famous and historic wine growing region of France. In 2008, the Donnan family decided to take a well-earned retirement. Over the next 10 years the estate became a sleeping beauty. The winery and vineyards were left slumbering in the Dordoigne countryside until in August 2018, Chris Walker and Irma Lazickiene purchased the property with the aim of bringing it back to life. New equipment is being installed, vineyards are being restored and the aim is to bring new life into the chateau through its wines, tourism and events.

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