Covering approximately 35 hectares of vines, this domaine has been run by the Courbis family since the 16th Century. Built into the hillside in the far south of Saint-Joseph on the border with Cornas, Domaine Courbis is “an estate that needs to be on every Northern Rhone lover’s short list” (Jeb Dunnuck). The domaine produces wine from five appellations in the Rhone, including Cornas, Saint-Joseph, Saint-Peray and Crozes Hermitage and brother Laurent and Dominique have developed upon their family’s winemaking credentials, producing some of the very best wines in the area. The wines exemplify the perfect combination of modern vinification techniques – including gravity flow in the winery – and classical viticultural methods from exclusively hand harvesting to 100% de-stemming. Vinification takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, with the majority of their wines subsequently aged in a combination of old and new oak. Domaine Courbis’ single vineyards, Champelrose, La Sabarotte and Les Eygats, produce the estate’s most revered wines and reflect the granite slopes on which they are grown. The domaine’s vineyards are full of Syrah, Marsanne, Rousanne and Viogner, which lead to an annual production of around 160,000 bottles.