Domaine Matassa

Tom Lubbe is just that kind of gentle, kind, and gregarious man that you would be proud to have as part of your family. And so, the Gauby family from the Cotes Catalan did just that and welcomed him in. Tom was making wine in South Africa when he got an opportunity to do a 3 month internship at Domaine Gauby (yes, that Gauby) in the south of France. That internship turned into a 3 year relationship during which time he met Gérard Gauby's daughter Nathalie - to whom he is now happily married.

After learning about Catalan wine-making from Gérard Gauby - the couple struck out on their own in 2002 purchasing some ancient Carignan vines (100+ years old) in the remote hillside village of Vivier at 500m - 600m altitude- saving them from extinction. Domaine Matassa works with old-vines of traditional Catalan varieties: Carignan, Grenache, Macabeu, Grenache Gris, Muscat d'Alexandrie and Muscat de Petits-Grains. Most are massal selection. These old vines are incredibly low-yielding and result in excruciatingly terroir driven wines of intense concentration and focus - the likes of which rarely hail from the south of France. Production and farming is all natural and biodynamic, and the vineyards are certified organic by Ecocert.