Les Enfants Sauvages came about rather by accident after Carolin and Nikolaus' search for a place in the sun resulted in them falling in love with this property with 8 hectares of vines near Fitou, a coastal town in the south of the Languedoc-Roussillon. This was a far cry from their life in Germany where Nikolaus worked in his family's leather business. Carolin moved away from her work as an architect and took a course in Oenology, and so, Les Enfants Sauvages was born with their first vintage bottled in 2002.
Why "Enfants Sauvages"? Simply put, as a tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors. The duo behind the wines drew inspiration from The Doors’ song “Wild Child”—about finding salvation in the wild state of nature—and they took the French translation for their name.
Today the estate has grown to12 hectares. The grapes are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, with remedies instead limited to plants like camomile and nettle. Each vine gets individual attention, with leaves, shoots and even sometimes grapes removed, all by hand, to maintain their health. In fact, the only modern equipment used in the process is at the winemaking stage itself, but only as a means of encouraging natural processes to occur.