"If I was a wine, I would be a Freiburger"
Full of character, unusual and with something rather wild and very special, Freiburger, a Vully Grand Cru is a rare wine, exclusive to the Fribourg Riviera. That is how Fabrice Simonet, oenologist for the Petit Château family business, describes his wine.
Freiburger, also known as Freisamer, is a Traminer wine, the result of a cross between Pinot Gris and Sylvaner grapes. It attained the Vully label in 2014 and is a top of the range Gewürztraminer. Both specialities are on-trend. The wine is now celebrated as a cultural asset, with customers taking an interest in production methods and tourism opportunities linked to this flourishing new product. With 40 grape varieties in their nine-hectare vineyard, and their cellar in the oldest cave in Môtier, the Petit Château has something unique to offer. The Simonet family has clearly marked out responsibilities. The father, Eric, manages the company. Anni, the mother, has always been in charge of tastings and the deliciously flavoured Vully Tart. Sandrine does the administration, and Stéphane looks after the vines, following biodynamic principles, while Fabrice is master of the cellars.