This is the story of one couple's meandering path to the first harvest of their own vines.
Do you ever wonder, as I often do, how people come to do what they are doing? How did an American jazz and gospel singer/former attorney and her French attorney/wine aficionado husband come to own a winery just outside a small village named Lauris in the southern part of Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon in Provence? In fact, they had to build the winery. It was a circuitous path, not without a few bouchons, to Domaine MasLauris; but none of that matters right now because, five-and-a-half years after purchasing the vines and a run-down house, the grapes of their first harvest are on their way to becoming red, white, and rosé wines.
“When I was eight years old, I wrote an essay about what I wanted to do when I grew up,” said Margeaux Lampley, co-owner of the winery with husband Didier Théophile. “My mother found it recently,” she chuckled. “I had written that I would live in France, be a dancer—at the time, I was a dancer—a doctor and a [...]