Noëlla Morantin decided to plunge into a whole new career at the age of 28. Dropping everything, she enrolled in a viticulture and oenology programme, which soon led to a series of internships with such quality names as Agnès and René Mosse in Anjou, and Philippe Pacalet in Burgundy… Her growing CV would impress Junko Araï, a Japanese importer who also owned vines in France happened to be looking for someone to care for them. And so it was that in 2004, these two women embarked on an adventure together. Despite limited means and a production of modest size, they’d had immediate commercial success in Japan and in France. By 2008, Noëlla was ready to take the next step. She spread her wings, struck out on her own, and soon found herself at the head of a 12-hectare estate. Needless to say, Noëlla makes natural wines, and is best known for her Sauvignon Blancs of remarkable quality and unparalleled value. But the same is true of her reds. In fact, her entire range offers a maximum of emotions for your money. All of which has made her the darling of many top sommeliers, who today serve her wines in the world’s finest restaurants. A decade after founding her estate, Morantin has become one of the leading figures in the Val-de-Loire.