Domaine Porte Rouge is one of the newer estates in the Southern Rhone Valley. In fact, it only dates back to 2001, when Bernard Friedmann created the estate.
However, the name of domaine has a history. The estate, located in the village of Chateauneuf du Pape took its name, which is translated into Red Gate, from the previous entrance that led to the village of Chateauneuf du Pape.
Prior to owning Domaine Porte Rouge, Bernard Friedmann knew about the wine trade, but on the retail end, not as a wine maker, as he worked for a negociant for years. The first bottling for Domaine Porte Rouge was produced from the very hot, 2003 vintage.
One of the first decisions the new owner, Bernard Friedmann did was to bring in the well-known consultant, Philippe Cambie. The vineyards of Domaine Porte Rouge are farmed completely organically. They were certified as Agriculture Biologique in 2014 by Ecocert.
Domaine Porte Rouge owns a tiny, 2.5 hectare parcel of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. The vineyard is spread out among 6 different parcels. The vines are old, with an average age of close to 60 years. However, they have some old vines that are approaching 90 years of age, which is quite respectable. The vineyard is planted to 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.