Recently we paid a visit to Catherine Dhoye-Déruet at Domaine de la Fontainerie. She is a well regarded winemaker within the Vouvray appellation. We had never met her before, but since our usual Vouvray stop with clients was hosting a group of 70 people that afternoon, we thought we would try someone else. Our friends Niall and Antoinette recommended Catherine some time ago, so I rang her and made an appointment.
Normally we visit family run wineries that have about 50-70 hectares. That is a medium sized operation for the Loire Valley in general. By contrast, Catherine's operation is tiny, with only 6 hectares. It always astounds me that such a small area can make a commercial winery, but Domaine de la Fontainerie is by no means the only small producer in the district.