CHÂTEAU DE DUILLIER
TRADITION AND MODERNITY
Built in the 15th century, the Château de Duillier is tucked away in the heart of a wine-growing estate that has been the property of the Humbert family for 3 generations.
Jacques Humbert, the current wine maker and grower runs the 20-hectare vineyard with his daughter. Together they are also responsible for producing and selling the wine.
Everything is done at the castle, from the cellaring through to the bottling. In the wine cellar, which was modernised in 1986, vinifies 14 different grape varieties are vinified to satisfy the clientele.
The estate’s decision to pick and harvest the grapes by hand is a deliberate choice that has been handed down from one year to the next. This not only preserves the integrity of the harvested grapes, but also creates a unifying atmosphere.
DUILLIER THROUGHOUT THE AGES
12th century: first mention of Duillier.
1669: Duillier manor was purchased by Jean-Baptiste Fatio.
1675: a printing workshop was set up in the castle. A French-Italian dictionary was one of the books printed in 1677.
Jean-Baptiste Fatio had 2 sons: Nicolas, an astronomer, who produced a fairly complete map of Lake Geneva; and Jean-Christophe, engineer and astronomer, who took part in the building of the Geneva fortifications.
1690: the workshop ceases its printing activities.
1796: the manor was purchased by Jean-Louis-René Bazin.
1922: Maurice Humbert, son of a farmer from Burtigny, purchased the Château and the Estate.