Domaine Santa Duc was founded in Gigondas 1874 and is now led by 6th generation owner and winemaker, Benjamin Gras. After Benjamin received his diploma of oenology at the University of Bourgogne he spent time at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Bodega Vega-Sicilia learning from some of the wine world's most famous estates.
The goal at Santa Duc has always been to produce top-quality fruit from impeccably tended vineyard sites, the style of winemaking has changed with each generation. Benjamin’s father, Yves Gras took over the estate from his father in 1985 and made an immediate impact. Not long after taking over, Robert Parker wrote: “Santa Duc combines the muscle, richness and fire of a classic Gigondas with a degree of elegance and purity that many wines of this appellation lack.”
In 1994, Yves began buying abandoned vineyard sites in Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and has painstakingly restoring them to life. The sites in Gigondas nestled in at the foot of the Dentelles are some of the most beautiful vineyards you could ever visit! Yves was always a man of vision, looking for vineyards with massale selection, employing Biodynamics and making wines with as little intervention as possible. Benjamin took over in 2017 which is the first vintage where the vineyards are certified Biodynamic. Benjamin and his father share many of the same philosophies and he is continuing the family legacy, producing beautiful, vibrant wines.