The Romans cultivate the vines at ‘Cazal Viel’, which is of Latin origin, CAZEVIEILLE meaning “old house”.
Hugues de Cessenon gives Cazal Viel to the monks of the Abbey de Fontcaude, who then cultivate the vines during the Middle Ages.
During the period of the Revolution, the estate is confiscated by the State and the monks are driven out.
The Miquel family acquire Cazal Viel. The land is not very fertile so the fields are mainly used for hunting rather than wine-growing as low yielding vines are not very profitable.
Henri Miquel widely plants the Syrah grape during the 1970s, earning him the nickname “Mr. Syrah”.
First vintage for Henri as wine producer and grower.
The Saint-Chinian AOC is officially recognised by the order of May 5th, 1982. The appellation application is supported by Raoul Bayou, Member of the Hérault, and former Mayor of Cessenon- sur-Orb. It is a triumph for quality oriented winemakers.
The Bardou plot is planted and given to the son, Laurent Miquel, still a child.
The Miquel family plant their first Viognier vines.
First Viognier harvest. It is a great success and leads to more plantings of this varietal.
Laurent and his wife, Neasa Miquel, buy Château Les Auzines in Lagrasse, a magnificent estate in the Corbières Appellation.
Verité Viognier wins two trophies in the “International Wine Challenge” of London. It is recognised by an international jury as the best white of Languedoc Roussillon and the best Viognier in the world.
Sean Miquel is born on April 9th, representing the 9th generation and thus starting a new chapter in our history.
Thanks to our customers and loyal partners our wines are exported to over 40 countries around the world.