About Villa Sepia
In 2011, in the heart of Languedoc, Frederick Albert established Domaine La Villa Sepia. Its objective is to produce excellent natural wines in small quantities. The thick walls of basalt of this former distillery date from 1824. This cellar is ideal for revealing the passion and the pursuit of the artisan winemaker.
The 5 hectares of old vines Carignan, Syrah, Grenache and Viognier are grown on the hills of the village of Montblanc biodynamicly without pesticides or chemicals. Each vineyard is protected by pine and oak forest offering a wealth of biodiversity conducive to the expression of the terroir.
This natural philosophy extends to the cellar where we don't use sulphites, any other additives, or filter our wines. The wines of Villa Sepia are intensely vibrant and invigorating and have become a byword for excellence.
About the Vigneron
Fred learned to love vines, winemaking (and wine!) at an early age helping out on his grandfathers domaine. His grandfather was an early advocate of natural biodynamic winemaking. This left a lasting impression on Fred’s winemaking philosophy.
After a career in journalism and then in wine importation, Fred has returned to his true passion – winemaking. Known in Montblanc as “Tick”, he has used this nickname on Villa Sépia’s distinctive wines. Lunatick, his signature white, embraces both this nickname and the “luna” element of biodynamics – but also probably sums him up in one word.
Catherine met Fred at a wine tasting in an Irish Bar in the summer of 2017. She fell for the wine (the viognier)- then for Fred!- they married in April 2019 and now run La Villa Sepia together.
Since the dawn of time, people been nourished by produce from the earth.
We have chosen to limit the production from our vines. This ensures a quality product and best reflects our respect forour terroir. This is what nature offers you when getting to know our unique wines.
Worked biodynamically, our natural wines are grown without pesticides, harvested by hand, and made without added yeast or sulphites. Unfiltered, unsterilized, unique.
As independent winemakers, we are proud to be members of “Vigneron Independent” and their logo is on all our bottle tops.
Working With Nature
Our vineyards nestle in the heart of the French countryside, surrounded by ancient forests of oak and pine, creating an exceptional terroir and a unique biodiversity.
Working with nature, bees are vital to help fertilise our vines. The Villa Sepia keeps several hives to aid this process and protect these valuable workers. We are accredited "Bee Friendly" - one of the first vineyards in France.
Identifying bee friendly products is important. It gives consumers the opportunity to promote agricultural practices and products that are in harmony with the well-being of pollinators.
Lacewings are the winemaker's friend because they prey on the predators which eat the young shoots. Seeing lacewings on the vines is always reassuring.
Not using chemicals, encourages many wild flowers as well as insects amongst our vines. In the spring, false rocket, a beautiful white flower is like snow on the ground. Early summer follows with a spread of poppies.
Friends of Villa Sepia
Doing everything by hand, we rely on our friends and Wwoofers to help us. Our friends make our wine the success it is.
Whether for one day, one week, or one month, they have all helped contribute to the fun and joy of working at La Villa Sepia.
If you want to experience our way of life for yourself, please join us. Pop-in whilst you are in the area on holiday, stay in our gite or bed and breakfast, or sign-up through the Wwoofing progamme.
Everyone is welcome.
La Villa Sepia is proud to be referenced by Vins Naturels – the leading reference guide for natural wines
The vigneron independent charter governs our activities and we are grateful for all the support they provide
Things to Do
Other things to do in Montblanc
Obviously you are coming to Montblanc to taste our wines, but whilst you are here, why don't you look up some of the other great attractions:
Kisswing Brewery, an artisan brewery at the edge of the village: https://www.kisswing.fr/
The old church at the centre of the village, which looks particularly spectacular when lit up at night
Marty Perfumery, which lets you make your own perfumes as well as buy their own wonderful creations: http://www.parfums-marty.com
The Roman Bridge at Saint Thibery, a Roman segmental arch bridge over the river Herault, on the Via Domitia in southern France.
Go Quad Biking in the local countryside with Loc Hiking
Or simply relax in the Saint Adrien Gardens: https://www.jardindesaintadrien.com/
A few snaps of La Vie at Villa Sepia