The Seyssel AOP covers the three villages of Seyssel Ain, Seyssel Haute-Savoie and Corbonod. This makes it one of the smallest AOPs in France, but also one of the oldest, as it has been in existence since 1942.
The vines grow on both banks of the Rhone, at altitudes ranging from 200m to 400m.
Wine growing in the region was first recorded in the 10th century. As with many French regions in the period, monks founded the first monasteries and abbeys, where they developed the practice of growing wine. In the Seyssel region, the monks had a monastery known as La Chartreuse d’Arvière, on the side of the mountain known as "Le Grand Colombier" in the village of Lochieu. They would come down into the Corbonod Valley to grow grapes, primarily the Altesse variety. Altesse is a variety that is believed to have been introduced from Cyprus in the fourteenth century by Anne de Lusignan, daughter of the King of Cyprus, who married one of the Dukes of Savoy. The Duke is believed to have given the grape variety to the monks for them to grow it in the Seyssel Valley. They also had a cellar at Eilloux where they fermented their wines, and nowadays, this very building serves as our tasting cellar.
Currently, 90 hectares of wine benefit from a mild climate that helps them to grow, planted in glacial, alluvial slopes or wet clay and limestone soil.
Both still and sparkling wines are produced at the vineyard, with two original, white grape varieties that are specific to the terroir: Altesse (also known as Roussette de Seyssel, as it was formerly known) and the typically local Molette variety. Between them, these two varieties represent 90% of the estate's wine production.