Virginia, 34, runs a prestigious Loire vineyard. His vision? Treat the land as we would like to be treated. A principle inherited from his father, a pioneer in biodynamic viticulture. More than a job, a way of life.Valérie Péronnet
"I am an" organic baby ": the year of my birth, in 1979, my father sent for all the chemicals used in our vines Two years earlier, he had left his Financial life in the City of London to take the succession of his mother at the head of one of the oldest vineyards of the Pays de la Loire: the Coulée de Serrant, bought in the 1950s by my grandparents, was planted in 1130 by Cistercian monks
When my father took over the reins, the representatives of phytosanitary products convinced him that their treatments would give a boost to the field, but he realized that, in a few months, most of the insects had disappeared and the earth, which he knew well to have trodden throughout his childhood, had changed color, texture, smell.It was scared.
Against and against all
In doing some research to find another solution, he discovered the works of the philosopher Rudolf Steiner, inventor of anthroposophy and biodynamics: a vision of the world based on respect for the environment and energy, and the global harmony of the place where one lives. He felt it was right, and he started, against all odds.
I grew up on this estate, entirely transformed by biodynamics, and according to these principles, that I found "normal" because that was how it was at home: alternative medicine, very few industrial products, a "natural" food from our garden and producers around, happy animals, all in a great freedom ... I did not ask too many questions until adolescence, during which I really discovered the mode of life of "others". Fast food, TV, noise, speed, hyperconsumption ..., none of this was really to my taste, nor did it make sense to me.
Looking for balance
Once I passed my baccalaureate, I looked for what I could do in my life, like everyone else. I first went singing for a year in Finland with disabled children. When I came home, I thought I would go into teaching. My first steps in the National Education discouraged me: I found that everything was disharmonious, absurd, complicated ...
I also undertook a training of naturopathy, which seemed to me closer to my own universe. That's when the domain really caught me.I realized that here it is a magical and precious place, balanced to the point that I find there, too, my balance. I suggested to my father to work with him. He accepted with joy.