Marie-Pierre Iche runs the family property of Château d'Oupia
from a 12th-century building in the heart of the Minervois. Since purchasing the estate in 1860 the family has never ceased developing the property by investing in the vines and the wine they produce. Their efforts were first recognized in 1908, by the Department of Agriculture.
In 1969 André Iche took over the reins of the estate and began renewing the vineyards, planting new grape varieties chosen for their compatibility with the terroir while preserving the old Carignan vines. André planted his first Syrah in 1975, began selling retail at the estate in 1980, and in 1985 began practicing élevage in barriques, starting with the Les Barons cuvée. That was the beginning of the awards, and other cuvées confirmed this success: Nobilis, Oppius, and Emérantine. Part of the Château d'Oupia is located in La Caunette; vinification takes place in Oupia.
When she finished her studies in 1996 Marie-Pierre decided to join the family estate, which now covers 63 hectares (156 acres), of which 37 ha (91 acres) produce Minervois and 26 ha (64 acres) produce Vin de Pays de l'Hérault.
More informations on the website Oupia