The early years of Sauternes

The birth of Sauternes

Although winegrowing in the region can be traced back to Roman times, there is unquestionably a Dutch influence in the emergence of these wines.

In the 17th century Dutch merchants were well-established in the Barsac vineyard, where they produced sweet white wines without using noble rot.

It was only in the early 18th century that the practice of harvesting over-ripe grapes through a process of successive selections was introduced.