Who we are : Famille Feely
When Sean and I (Caro nee Caroline Wardle) met in Johannesburg in 1993 we both had a passion for wine. Sean’s grandfather was a winegrower in the Cape of South Africa and I had been sharing a house with a Master of Wine. We wanted to pursue our dream of winefarming so we moved to Cape Town to continue our careers in the heart of the winelands.
Shortly afterwards we had an opportunity to move to Ireland. With Irish roots we jumped at the chance. A year later on our first wine trip to France we were smitten. Eight more years of work and saving and our dream came to fruition.
We bought our vineyard originally called ‘Chateau Haut Garrigue’ – renamed ‘Chateau Feely’ in 2010 – in South West France to follow our dream to create great wines on fine terroir. Now, with the wisdom of many years of winegrowing we celebrate not a misty dream but years of hard work and the inspiration of working with nature and nurturing this farm back to the full health and flavour of a living biodynamic soil. In our risky endeavour we have felt a lot: sometimes fear, sometimes pain but mostly great joy and fulfillment. We hope that through our living wines you will find inspiration. You can read about our adventures in Caro Feely’s books Grape Expectations, Saving our Skins and Glass Half Full.
Where we are : Saussignac in South West France
We are about 1 hour from Bordeaux and 15 mins from Bergerac.
Famille Feely How to get here: You can visit us at our working organic vineyard estate to taste our wines and buy wine from the wineshop anytime but please call or email ahead to be sure we are here. Chateau Feely is on the edge of Saussignac village 1 hour 15 minutes east of Bordeaux city. From Bordeaux follow signs to Libourne then to Bergerac. When you reach Gardonne (about 1 hour 10 mins from Bordeaux) turn right to Saussignac at the boulangerie. About 4kms from Gardonne the road to Saussignac crosses a district road D14 and starts climbing. About 100m after crossing the district road take the left fork (signposted Chateau Feely). Take the next road to14 the left (directly before the cemetary). We are the last property on that road. If you reach Saussignac village you have gone too far. From Saussignac village turn right at the school (also signposted Chateau Feely) and then right after the cemetary as you be coming from the opposite direction.