THE FAMILY SAGA
Château Minuty is the story of the Matton-Farnet family for over 85 years on the Saint-Tropez peninsula.
1930 - THE EARLY YEARS
Acquisition of Château Minuty by Gabriel Farnet in 1936.
Gabriel Farnet, who already owned Domaine de Châteauneuf in Vidauban, acquired Château Minuty in 1936. The estate was originally built under Napoleon III, as was the small chapel that gave its name to the cuvée de l'Oratoire, which remained the emblematic bottle for a long time. Many palaces on the Côte d'Azur still have these bulging bottles.
Gabriel Farnet began by replanting the entire estate, thus enabling Château Minuty to regain all its glory and splendour after the Second World War.
In 1955, Château Minuty was one of the 23 properties to be distinguished as a classified growth of the Côtes de Provence.
1960 - THE CONTINUING RISE OF THE CÔTE D'AZUR
Restructuring of the Château's vineyard by Monique and Étienne Matton.
Monique Farnet, Gabriel's daughter, and her husband Etienne Matton, for a long time president of the Crus Classés, have replanted the traditional Provençal grape varieties (Tibouren, Rolle, Grenache), limiting yields while seeking a high quality of wine making. Thanks to this rigorous work in the vineyards, they have established the reputation of Château Minuty on the greatest tables of the French Riviera.
1990 - THE MODERN ERA
The influence of Minuty with Jean-Etienne and François Matton.
Today, Jean-Etienne and François Matton have taken over and continue to develop Minuty. They have put their signature on the wine by continuing to renovate the vineyard, replacing the Carignan and Ugni blanc with Grenache and Rolle, and by equipping themselves with modern, high-performance tools.
Under their impetus, the reputation of Minuty wines has spread widely throughout France and the world, with a presence in 100 countries.
FROM 2012 TO THE PRESENT DAY
In 2012, major renovation work was undertaken to improve the welcome of visitors to the estate. They worked with renowned architects and designers to renovate the tasting cellar, create a second barrel cellar, a meeting room and a tasting room for professionals.
Château Minuty sees the fourth generation of the Matton family flourish in 2022 as Anne-Victoire Matton joins her father Jean-Etienne and Uncle François in the running of this Provençal gem.