Seeking excellence in the land Down Under, in 2009 Michel Chapoutier bought two new vineyards
(Shays Flat Estate and Landsborough Valley Estate) in the Victorian Pyrenees to set up the fully owned
label, Tournon. Michel recognized two unique terroirs that would allow him to make distinctive
wines utilizing the Syrah/Shiraz grape that originates in his homeland.
A southern extension of the Great Dividing Range, The Pyrenees foothills and ranges create a
remarkable diversity of microclimates and soils that provide wealth of variety for winemakers.
The cool weather patterns and unique soil in this region are an ideal place for the development of
Chapoutier’s biodynamic winegrowing philosophy, and of extending Rhône traditions.
Like in Hermitage, Michel’s challenge is to show the diversity of this area by producing racy Shiraz
from different type of soils. In addition to Shiraz, Michel had Chardonnay and Riesling planted.