My Latest in Taste of France Magazine:
Ludivine Griveau chats to L.M. Archer about her place in a 600-year-long history
by L.M. Archer
Every November, global gourmands gather to bid on a bit of history at the annual Hospices de Beaune wine auction in Burgundy. Founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor for the Duke of Bourgogne, Hospices de Beaune originally served as an almshouse for the poor. Funded by wealthy donors’ vineyard bequests, the charity estate currently comprises 60 hectares (148 acres) of mostly premier and grand cru vineyards throughout the Côte d’Or.
Proceeds fund historical monument preservations, hospital upgrades, and celebrity-sponsored charities. In 2015, Hospices de Beaune appointed Ludivine Griveau as the first female wine maker in its 600-plus year history. Prior to Hospices de Beane, Griveau spent four years as a viticulturist at Domaine Jacques Prieur, followed by 10 years as part of the winemaking team at Maison Corton-André. At Hospices de Beaune, Griveau oversees a team of more than 20 people.
There hasn’t been a woman at the helm of the Hospices de Beaune since co-founder Guigone de Salins ran the Hôtel Dieu in the 1400s, after the death of her husband and charity founder, Nicolas Rolin.
I’m the first one. Guigone de Salins was not in charge of the wine, she was in charge of taking care of sick people. She was doing great, great work – she was taking care of others. But she was not in charge of the wine. READ MORE HERE.
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