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1977 In the mid-1950s, Modesto Ramognino, an Italian stonemason from Piedmont, acquired land at Pibarnon with the aim of growing 3.5 hectares of Mourvèdre vines on the hillside. The spot was superb but isolated and arid, without water or electricity. Impelled by an irresistible force that made up for his lack of technical expertise, he nevertheless succeeded in producing a wine somewhat reminiscent of the great Italian Barolos that are so renowned for their simplicity and elegance.
In 1978, at the age of 51, Henri de Saint Victor gave up his job in a pharmaceutical research laboratory and embarked on the construction of Pibarnon.
1983: Courage, obstinacy and an unshakeable belief in the magic of the Pibarnon estate gave Henri de Saint Victor the energy he needed to produce great wines and he and Catherine undertook their first vinification in 1978.
1988: Time passed and the hard work Catherine and Henri de Saint-Victor had put into the vineyard and the vinification of Pibarnon wines impressed the professionals in the business. Word spread.
1989: After 10 years of terracing, planting and ceaseless labour, Pibarnon is now "in orbit".
1990: All great wine makers will tell you the same thing. There are some exceptional years which mark the history of an estate. For the second time in a row, the Slow Food Guide classified Château de Pibarnon's 1990 vintage among the 150 best wines in the world.
1992: In response to their customers' requests, Catherine and Henri de Saint-Victor decided to expand the vineyard.
1993: Eric de Saint-Victor hoped that Pibarnon would then be able to take part in a big international tasting contest.
1997: To receive its guests, wine waiters, journalists and importers in conditions worthy of a great estate, Pibarnon created a tasting room and restaurant where dinners and entertainments could be held.
2000: After spending ten years on the estate, Eric de Saint-Victor took over from his father and is continuing the work of his parents with the same passion and commitment.
2005: In 2005, the Château turned its attention to other countries and the United States in particular. The American press had hardly mentioned the wines of Pibarnon which did not fulfil the standards of the woody wines that were so fashionable at the time.
2013: The Château de Pibarnon estate now covers some fifty hectares and the wines are available all over France, and the entire world, poored on the best restaurants and retailers.