Domaine Alain Jaume
The official history of Domaine Grand Veneur in the Southern Rhone Valley dates back to 1826, when the Jaume family first planted vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. Jumping ahead from the early days of Mathieu Jaume to the modern era for Domaine Grand Veneur, five generations later in 1979, Alain Jaume and Odile Jaume took over the traditionally managed Domaine Grand Veneur.
In 1986, under the direction of Alain Jaume, Grand Veneur became perhaps the first estate in Chateauneuf du Pape to experiment with aging some grape varieties in new, French oak barrels. In those days, they owned 4.5 hectares of vines. The Jaume family continued to make additional purchases in the appellation and managed to grow the domaine and its vineyards to its current size. In fact Alain Jaume is not the only grower in the family. His brother, Patrick Jaume owns Domaine des Chanssaud, which is located not too far from Grand Veneur.