The Feraud family
Clairette, Grenache blanc, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Merlot, Alicante, Cabernet Sauvignon
48+ acres red Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Grenache, Syrah,Mourvèdre, other authorized varietals including Counoise,Cinsault, Vaccarèse). 3.7 acres white Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc,Roussanne), nearly 20 acres of red Vin de Table. CdP vineyards are located in the communes of Châteauneuf-du- Pape, Courthézon (La Crau), and Bédarrides (Cabanes de Saint Jean and Les Escondudes).
Domaine du Pegau is an old name in Chateauneuf du Pape. The Feraud family is able to trace their roots all the way back to the middle of the 17th century. That is when the ancestors of the Feraud family first planted grape vines next to their olive trees in Chateauneuf du Pape. The great, grandparents of Laurence Feraud were responsible of growing the vineyard into its current, 21 hectares of vines. Paul Feraud, the father of Laurence brought Domaine Pegau into the modern age when he began to bottle his own wine from the production of a small 5 hectare parcel in Chateauneuf du Pape. Prior to that date, the production was sold to negociants.
The next big step in the development of Pegau took place in 1987, when Laurence joined her father Paul at Domaine du Pegau. At the time, the wine was still be bottled under the name Domaine Feraud. They changed the name to Pegau, which is and old Provencal term for an ancient jug for wine discovered during the excavations of the 14th century, Avignon Popes Palace.
If you’ve wondered how to say Pegau, the daughter Laurence, who took over managing the property starting with the 2005 vintage, pronounces the name as Pay-Go. The father says it differently, Puh-Gow. That debate makes for a fun dinner conversation.
The current Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards of Domaine du Pegau totals 18.5 hectares of red wine grapes and 1 hectare for white wine. The vineyards are located in different areas of Chateauneuf du Pape in a total 11 different parcels. Their best vines are located on the plateau pf La Crau. They also own 6 hectares of vin de table vineyards. This traditionally managed, Domaine du Pegau estate produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and one white wine, as well as vine de table wines.