I have my roots in the Canton of Thurgau, a region of forests and apple trees. But from my childhood I do remember the fascinating scenery of the vineyards passing by, as we were on the road travelling to our holidays. After an apprenticeship as a chemist, the desire to make an experience in the wine sector grew into something specific. The School of Viticulture and Enology in Changins arranged my first internship with Maurice Dentan at the Montimbert Domain, property of the Dentan family since the end of the 18th century. It was probably written in the stars that I would take on this winery on lease some 15 years after my first experience, which had been so decisive in launching my passion for the vines and the world of wine.
After earning my degree as winemaker and enologist in 2008 and a first job in the Lavaux region, I first wanted to explore the world. I left for an experience in a New Zealand vineyard, and moved on for an internship to the Tenuta Vallocaia in Montepulciano. Initially planned for 3 months, my stay in Tuscany finally turned into 8 years of working experience as cellar master and enologist. Not only did I make great friendships there, but I had ample opportunity to discover nature and culture of this traditional agricultural region. However, deep inside me, I always nurtured the hope to return to the Lavaux someday. Finally, in the beginning of 2018, I got my chance: I packed up and returned to the Montimbert Domain, back to Chardonne, to launch this big adventure of becoming an independent winemaker.