“We are driven by agriculture, plain and simple, more precisely ‘agro-ecology.’ We respect nature, the earth and the men who walk upon it.” So says the Dijon-born Julien Sunier who, unlike many producers, had no formal connection with the world of wine while growing up. After graduating from high school, Julien was introduced to wine by the legendary Burgundian winemaker, Christophe Roumier, who happened to be a client of his mother’s hair salon. Julien went on to study oenology at university, and from there worked with Roumier in Burgundy, followed by stints in New Zealand and California. Upon returning to Burgundy he interned with Nicolas Potel and Jean-Claude Rateau, learning more intimately about organic and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking, and finished his time in the region by working for Mommessin of Clos de Tart fame. In 2008 Julien acquired three hectares of old vines in three different Beaujolais Crus, which he immediately converted to organic and began making wine for himself. He believes in protecting and developing the biodiversity and fertility of the soils, using his artisanal approach to viticulture to produce unique wines that reflect the character of their terroirs and celebrate originality and place.