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Our Story

We are Juliet Bruce Jones and Simon Ingman, the husband and wife team behind Domaine La Tasque. We moved from the south of England to the Languedoc in 2004, not with the intention of making wine but to seek a less structured, quieter life in the French countryside. We bought the first vineyard, Syrah, in 2011 and an old Carignan vineyard the following year. We continued to sell the grapes to the local cave-cooperative whilst implementing organic farming and working hard to improve the life in the soil. But we kept a few grapes back to make wine in our garage so we could see that the quality was there. In 2014 we took the plunge, withdrew from the cave co-op and made our first vintage at Domaine La Tasque!

The wine knowledge

Juliet is originally from Scotland and has worked with wine for 25 years in on way or another Her first job (following a brief spell as a tax accountant) was for the International Wine Challenge where she was well and truly bitten by the wine bug.   She then worked in wine retail before moving to the USA where she started up a wine school. Back in the UK, she joined The Wine Society as tastings organiser and then wine buyer. She became a Master of Wine in 1998.

Since moving to France in 2004, she has built up a wine broking business exporting Languedoc wines and conducting frequent tastings to share her passion for the wines from this beautiful region. At Domaine La Tasque she is chief winemaker but lacks the mechanical sympathy to be allowed to drive a tractor. Or do anything involving machines.

The practical know-how

IMG_0299Simon has mechanical sympathy in abundance. This was clear from an early age when he spent many hours lying underneath cars, helping his stepfather restore old Lancias in his garage in Cheshire. His practical talents are not restricted to cars however – he is an all round Mr Fixit.

Simon does not have a wine background. With a degree in  marine biology, his CV includes ski guide, cowhand and asparagus farmer as well as several years in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry in London. Since moving to France, he has worked as project manager, restoring many beautiful old Languedoc houses to their former glory. At Domaine La Tasque he is tractor driver, chief pruner and generally makes things work. Simon puts his practical skills to excellent use in vineyard and winery. When not fully occupied he retreats into his garage and restores old Lancias.

The next generation …

IMG_0392Mathilda may be too young to sample the end product, but she lends a helping hand in the expectation of having a wine named after her.