Domaine Ventoura started small. Based in Fontenay, just outside Chablis, smallholder Auguste Ventoura owned a few animals and some land planted to cereals, and in 1953 started growing Chardonnay. He never looked back. His son Claude expanded the estate to its current size of eleven hectares, comprising Petit Chablis, Chablis and a single 1er cru, Fourchaume. Auguste’s grandson Thomas joined the domaine in 2009, and four years later began to bottle and sell the wines himself, rather than sending them to the co-op. He has also begun sourcing grapes from trusted growers in the 1er cru Mont de Milieu and grand cru Les Preuses.
Since then his focus on quality has started to make waves. Like any serious grower, he spends all his time in the vineyards. His methods are mostly organic, with the minimum of treatments, using a mixture of wood and stainless steel, depending on the style of the vintage and quality of grapes.