Condrieu is the original home of the Viognier grape, having been planted here since the Roman occupation in the third century. In 1940 it
was officially made an appellation. In those early days, it was Georges Vernay and his father Francis who were instrumental in guiding the
appellation into the future. Francis served as the first treasurer for the Condrieu Growers' Union and it was George who was influential in
delimiting the boundaries of the appellation to ensure that only those wines from the vines planted on the steep, granite hillsides could call
themselves Condrieu. In 1996, Christine Vernay took over the family domaine after her father Georges retired. Under her watch, the wines
have become even more delicate and nuanced. In addition to world class Viognier, she has been crafting some of the top Côte-Rôtie here,
and critics have taken notice. In 2013, Christine was given the prestigious award of "Winemaker of the Year" by Bettane & Dessauve.
A pioneer in the renewal of the Condrieu appellation, Domaine Georges Vernay has always made wines of unique style, notable for their finesse, elegance and harmony. The property has become a major emblem of Rhone Valley winegrowing, from the time when Georges Vernay saved the Condrieu appellation to the international awards earned by Christine Vernay’s Côte-Rôtie. Three generations have left the mark of the philosophy on the estate, while perpetuating its traditions in the greatest respect for both vines and winegrowers.