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A family story

The father

Jean-Luc Colombo

Jean-Luc Colombo is a man of passion, energy and human warmth. From his mother, a cook from Marseille, he had an early taste for the pleasures of the table which would help him to become an outstanding cook. This naturally led him to the studies of oenology, to learn the secrets of wine and their natural accompaniments with the dishes of his childhood.

Known worldwide for his wines, Jean-Luc is also renowned, for his friendliness, generosity and sense of hospitality. He fiercely defends the identity and richness of the French gastronomic heritage.

Jean-Luc’s wines are now present on the most beautiful tables in the World.

Jean Luc Colombo
The mother

Anne Colombo

In the family trio that constitutes the Colombo Domaine, Anne represents the Terrain. Deeply attached to nature by her Languedoc and Cévennes origins, she leads the vineyard in the most respectful way possible and ardently defends biodiversity on the estate.

While Jean-Luc travels the world to publicize their wines and Laure oversees the winery and the development of the business, Anne is the anchor of the family: a vineyard specialist and gardener of local fare besides being an outstanding cook and even neo-beekeeper!

Anne is passionate about gastronomy like Jean-Luc, and being a true cordon bleu chef, she regularly delights the hosts of the Colombo house with her recipes inspired by her Mediterranean heritage and her attachment to local products from the Drôme and Ardèche. If and when you visit Cornas, taste her famous pistou soup, you will understand…

The daughter

Laure Colombo

Today in 2020 Laure is in her thirties and already a rising star in the Rhône Valley! Where does the fire of passion come from? When you meet Laure’s parents, you understand that this is a typical feature of the Colombo family.

Laure grew up in Cornas. The vineyards were her playground and it was there that she learned to love nature. She deeply appreciates the aromas of the hillsides, those smells that take us back to our childhood memories.

She studied commerce at the University of Lille. With her diploma in hand, she went to work a number of times in the United States (at Disney World for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, for Wine & Spirit Magazine -and as a sommeliers assistant at Alain Ducasse‘s Restaurant at the Essex House in NYC). She chose to develop her marketing and communication skills with the prestigious champagne house of Dom Pérignon and Moët & Chandon, and then in New-Delhi (India) with the Grover Vineyard.

Laure returned to France, obtained a Bachelor in Viticulture and Oenology in Bordeaux (and additionally interned at Château Haut-Brion for one year). She finally followed that up with a Master’s Degree in Oenologist from the University of Montpellier. She also experimented with some vinifications in the southern hemisphere.  At this point Laure told her father and mother that she was ready and she joined the family estate in 2010.

Since 2014, she has also created with her partner Dimitri, her own Domaine in the Appellation of Saint Péray: Le Domaine de Lorient.