Introducing Maison Maenad

We are very happy to introduce the work of one of the Jura’s brightest young talents, Katie Worobeck of Maison Maenad. 

In just her first handful of vintages Katie has already announced herself as one to watch in this most exciting of regions. Originally from Canada, she developed an interest in wine and organic farming whilst studying and after several years working amongst the vines in her native Ontario, she moved to France and landed a dream job working alongside the legendary Anne and Jean-François Ganevat in the Jura’s South.

After five years working alongside the Ganevats, Katie began looking after a parcel of old vines planted over clay and limestone in the Sud Revermont’s famed lieu-dit ‘Les Varrons’. Here she grows Chardonnay, along with a few rows of Gamay and old hybrids. She now tends a further three hectares of old vines planted over limestone and marl in a picturesque spot surrounded by forest high in the hills above Grusse, where all the Jurassic varieties are present. 

In the vines her approach is to work alongside nature, farming organically with biodynamic principles and with a real focus on soil health. She has begun planting trees and shrubs amongst the vines and hopes to rotate livestock amongst the parcels to promote diversity.

The wines are made in an old cave underneath her home and here she works with great attention to detail, in the hope of making wines with a purity that capture the beauty of each of the sites. Pressing is done manually, élevage takes place in old barrels of various sizes and any movement is done by gravity. The wines are bottled unfiltered, with no additions. 

There is a lightness of touch which pervades Katie’s work, resulting in wines which even in the context of the Jura are delicate, fragrant and hauntingly beautiful.