France: La Vieille Ferme
Jean Pierre Perrin established La Vieille Ferme over 45 years ago, when he chose to produce an inexpensive, straightfor-ward Rhône wine to sell by direct mail to French wine lov-ers. He used the same grape varieties in similar proportions to those planted at the family’s Château de Beaucastel, in a similar vinification process. The result was an immediate success in France, a wine of character and style in keeping with its Beaucastel heritage. Vineyard Brands introduced La Vieille Ferme into the United States in 1970, and the revolutionary sparkling wines were unveiled in 2018. The response was an immediate, overwhelm-ing acceptance and an outpouring of critical acclaim from eminently knowledgeable wine critics.