Augereau traveled France, working with growers and winemakers, learning from them and writing about them, their virtues, their practices. She’s released numerous publications cataloguing the natural wine movement from its origins to today including “mon carnet de vigne,” “soif d’Aujourd’hui,” and “collaborations,” among many articles and interviews. Then she founded La Dive in 2000 as the capstone of promoting these small producers and giving a showcase for their wines. This festival of natural wine brings together 250 producers, all friends now, to celebrate and share in a cave and fields overlooking the Loire.
She had always had an eye on a vineyard nearby the Le Dive site with old, twisted vines. And in 2014, her dream came true and the vineyard went up for sale. She purchased 1.4 hectares with co-planted vines of Chenin, Cabernet, Grolleau and Pineau d’Aunis. No machines are used on the land. All work is performed by hand, foot, or horse and guided by biodynamic practices that harness the invisible dimension that one can only sense or feel.
“Les Pulpes" represent the Chenin of Sylvie’s single vineyard. 100 years old vines.