Portrait of winemakers #9

Introduce yourself briefly
Michel Dubost, member of a winemakers’ cooperative. Chair of the Quincié section and vice-chair of the Agamy board. I run a vineyard of 8 hectares. I’m married with three children – a 23-year-old daughter and 15-year-old twins (one boy and one girl).

How did you become winemaker ?
I was always going to go into this business. It’s all I know. My grandparents were winemakers. In fact, we’re a family of winemakers. So I never questioned it. I started working as early as I could, when I was 12 years old. I bought my first vines at the age of 23. I have fond memories of that time. I remember how my parents stepped in to help when I had to do military service two years later. It’s a long-standing family tradition that continues today. My great-grandfather was chair of the Quincié wine cellar in the 1940s to 1960s, and my mother still makes meals for the grape pickers.

What makes you proud of your job?
Sampling the end product and realising what I’m capable of. As vice-chair, I’m proud to see how the hard work that the winemakers and employees at the cellar put in results in high-quality wine. It looks simple, but in fact it’s a very complex process. I’m also proud of the work that the cooperative does.

What are your passions outside of your job?
I like hunting with my son towards the end of the year. I also enjoy skiing. We go to Les Deux Alpes as a family every year. I taught my children to ski a few years back. Now I’m proud to say that the students are better than their master. Other than that, I simply enjoy relaxing.


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