Vines were initially introduced to Cilaos, around 1860, only for their fruit. The vines cultivated were Vitis labrusca, Isabelle cultivar. The temperate and dry climate of Cilaos is very well suited to this grape variety, which is very disease resistant and high yielding. Later, at the instigation of Father Teigny, winemaking trials were carried out in 1915.
Today, Cilaos wine is increasingly finding its place on Reunion tables. The Cilaos wine-growers hope to eventually cultivate around 20ha of vines. The winery makes a diverse range of wines and is constantly researching new products. Its red, rosé, dry white and early wines have been classified as Vin de Pays since 2004, making the Cilaos vineyard the leading European vineyard in the southern hemisphere.
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