Our first cellar !

The need for space

It’s not complicated: transforming grapes into wine involves an entire process. And that very process takes up space. We need to get the grapes, press them, ferment them, filter them, monitor them, and then finally bottle and store them. Just imagine it! And after all that, we have to open the doors to customers, right?


Rosette’s very own pit

Rosette’s very own pit

Until just a few years ago, we had a pit around a meter deep in the middle of the cellar. It was covered with boards for the year, and we would put the crusher-stemmer there during the harvests. Unluckily for Rosette, she fell right in it! Head first! At the time it wasn’t quite so funny…

Think practical

We were in the 1980s. Back then, Geneva’s reputation as a wine-producing region would even smash Roger Federer’s to pieces in his glory years. The primary objective is quality, the primary “bis” objective is costs savings. Result: aesthetics is put on the back burner and practicality is paramount!


With the house

The cellar was built below the house, which was also built in 1987. It was an opportunity to expand the space to fit a growing family! So, in 1987, Le Paradis had a cellar, a place for the vine grafts, and two storage cellars. And we were all set!

Rosette et Roger Burgdorfer

The construction of the nest, our first cellar.

The building of Le Paradis

It's quite a story

The cellar and the house were to be operational in time for the 1986 harvests. But the authorities aren’t always on the ball when it comes to signing building permits. The outcome: the 1986 harvests were carried out in the open air in the yard! The vats were placed outside in the middle of the area marked out for the future cellar. Making do! It’s all about making do…

This house has been home to the story of friends and family. Those working in the profession, of course, but still friends and family. And Granddad took care of all the home’s finishings!

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