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Christian SIUTAT

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Christian Siutat

Group Vineyard Director

Born in Cahors in 1962, Christian Siutat represents the fourth generation of  family winegrowers. After a graduating from the lycée (high school) at Château La Tour Blanche in Sauternes, he studied at the Lycée Agricole de Blanquefort in the Médoc from 1980 to 1982 to obtain an advanced vocational diploma. He then returned to his native Lot region to look after the small family vineyard.

However, he came back to Bordeaux again in 1984 to work at Château de Barbe in the Côtes de Bourg, where he was Vineyard Manager for three years.  In 1986, he was hired by Guy-Henri Azam, the founder of  Univitis (the largest group of wine producers in Bordeaux and Southwest France) to be in charge of Château Les Vergnes in Les Lèves, which was newly-acquired at the time.  He learned about the technical and financial management of a wine estate at this time.

Job and know-how

Christian has been employed at Vignobles André Lurton since July 1991. He started out as Vineyard Manager and Estate Manager of Château Bonnet.

For several years, Christian had been Vineyard Manager of the André Lurton vineyards in the Entre-Deux-Mers, and also in charge of the vine nursery and a team of 40 full-time employees. In addition, he is responsible for the administrative and legal aspects of all the André Lurton estates (grape varieties, planting rights, tenancy contracts, vineyard restructuring files, land registry issues, etc.). Furthermore, he keeps track of budgets concerning Danielle Nonie as well as those involving general operations and vineyard investments with Michel Gaillard.

Christian Siutat has winemaking in his blood, and working for Vignobles André Lurton is a true vocation for him...

On 1 December 2013, Christian Siutat was appointed Vineyard Director of Vignobles André Lurton, taking over from Michel Gaillard, who retired.