Nicolas Badel, St. Joseph, France
Nicolas Badel's winery is located near Vernosc-lès-Annonay, on the plateau above the Rhône valley. On a hillside called Les Grands Vignes next to the winery, Nicolas has reclaimed 2.5 hectares of vines at 350m on sandy granitic soils with full southern exposure. The vines here are young, mostly planted in 2008. The majority of the vines are Syrah, but he has also planted some Marsanne and Viognier. He refers to the area as "sauvage" as the vineyard is very secluded, surrounded by scrubby forest and only accessible via a long dirt path through the woods.