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#GrapeMoments: Bordeaux Sustainability promise delivered

By | August 12th, 2017|Cabernet Franc, Grape Moments, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Mission Vision Passion, Sustainability|

Since our very first moment of operation, January 1st 2010, our commitment and Mission has been to Sustain our rural community in Cardan, Bordeaux. We are proud to report the amazing story that our Bordeaux Sustainability promise has been delivered. And will continue to be delivered. The Hourcat Sud Cabernet Franc vineyard in January

Paradise Rescued – the inspiring story that is our brand.

By | July 29th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc, Its Not About the Dirt, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Mission Vision Passion, Organic Viticulture, Sustainability|

“Trois maisons, Monsieur Stannard! trois Maisons!” (Three houses, Mr Stannard, three houses!) exclaimed Monsieur Dados dramatically as he welcomed me into his home. And all before I could barely say “Bonjour” or shake his hand. The Dados family were our westerly neighbours separated by a 50 year old block of vines, living in the old

“Its Not About the Dirt”: The Value of Failing….

By | March 4th, 2017|Its Not About the Dirt, Learning & Leadership, Mission Vision Passion, Sustainability|

In my recently released book "It's Not About the Dirt", I have opened in a strong manner. Not controversially, but reasonably full on. Chapter One is entitled "Success is Built on Failures". No matter how well we plan or implement a project, challenges and failures occur. It's how we respond to those events that will determine our

Proud to be Bordeaux Cabernet Franc

By | February 12th, 2017|#CabernetDay, Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Its Not About the Dirt, Marketing & Media, Sustainability|

There are only a handful of 100% varietal Bordeaux Cabernet Franc producers. And Paradise Rescued is proud to be one of them. And despite our very strategic Vision focussed approach to our wine business, becoming a leading promoter for the amazing wine varietal Cabernet Franc wasn’t in that picture. Where it all began -

Releasing soon: From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc

By | February 21st, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc, Learning & Leadership, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Mission Vision Passion, Organic Viticulture|

We are very close now to publishing my first book: Paradise Rescued – From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc. So we thought that we would share a picture of the front cover together with the contents of the back cover:- “In 1992 when English born and educated David Stannard purchased a small holiday villa in

Vine2Wine – Our verdict on Bordeaux vintage 2015

By | February 10th, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine, Wine making|

From what I can see and hear, there are some pretty big smiles around the Bordeaux vineyards at present as winemakers and wineries start to appreciate their successes from the 2015 season. For many Bordeaux wine businesses, this has been their first big success since 2010, with each intervening season having presented its own series

Vine2Wine – Magic Merlot Miracle

By | July 21st, 2013|Sustainability, Vine2Wine|

Last week we brought you the update on Cloud9 Cabernet Franc. This week we will look at Merlot! The Hourcat Centre story is a modern Magical Merlot Miracle! It is less than two years ago that we were lucky enough to be able to purchase the Hourcat Centre block comprising a 1/10th hectare block of

Vine2Wine – Cloud9 2013 Bouncing forward now..

By | July 15th, 2013|Sustainability, Vine2Wine|

A bunch of young green CabFranc grape berries in the Hourcat Sud vineyard It has been a remarkable two plus weeks here in Cardan and I thought we would  take a couple or more blog posts to explain what's happening in each if the vineyards. Miracles do  happen and vintage 2013 may be

WineTips #20 – Biodynamic

By | July 6th, 2013|#WineTips|

WineTips #20 - Biodynamic The philosophy of biodynamic farming was developed by Rudolph Steiner in the early 1920s.  Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that emphasizes the holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system. The Biodynamic approach  also embraces the interrelationship between lunar and

A Bordeaux Glass: well more than half full!

By | June 29th, 2013|Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media, Sustainability, Vine2Wine|

Cloud9 revisits his origins...in the CabFranc vineyard Hourcat Sud. You have heard us talk several times previously about the need for a vision and the critical role it plays in any organisation and its future. When well communicated, deployed and maintained it is the beacon which draws an organisation forward towards the successful