Michel Verhaeghe de Naeyer
Michel is a free spirit who made the choice to renew his land by giving it the opportunity to produce something that it would have never dreamed possible: grapes!
Inhabited by a deep respect for nature, plants and animals, Michel happily oversees every stage in the development of his brand-new vines, surrendering himself to the most magnificent of ambitions: to produce a wine that kindles emotion.
Germano is our expert vineyard manager.
A nature enthusiast, he grew up among Portuguese vines before moving to the lands of Wallonia. He has his own vision of what man should bring to the vines. Innately inquisitive and down-to-earth with diligent hands, he tends the project on a daily basis.
A gifted young man with a talent for Belgian wines – Vincent was the cellar master of our dreams.
After a degree in bioengineering, a master’s in viticulture and oenology, and considerable experience at the greatest wine-growing estates, Vincent returned to tread Belgian land. Brimming with youth, credentials and the joy of participating in a burgeoning venture, he has a single requirement when it comes to winemaking: to allow the terroir to express itself.
Profusely immersed in the vines of Portugal during his youth, Filipe – the younger brother of Germano – has since left the region of Douro to bless us with his passion and new approaches to cultivation. An organised worker appreciated for his friendliness, abundant energy and open-mindedness, we are always delighted to see him.
With equal parts enthusiasm and motivation, this aficionado of the great outdoors and draught horses discovered vineyard work and biodynamic farming methods with us, alongside Germano and Filipe. Julien’s drive, curiosity and versatile dynamism make him a top-notch addition to our team, especially when we need to call on his engine-repairing skills or to make sure equipment is up to scratch. Julien is the “Swiss army knife” of the vineyard!
Hailing from Quebec via Burgundy, Pascal is our consultant oenologist.
While he amassed most of his expertise outside of Belgium, it was here in Bousval, through his fondness for Michel’s character, that he agreed to lend his signature to a new vineyard. Planting vines in Belgium is an original challenge, and one that fills him with great joy. We are extremely lucky to be able to count on his constantly evolving thoughts.
Yves is our geologist and has quite the personality.
His soil profiles – sonnets dedicated to the local ecosystem – provided the momentum essential to creating and enhancing the new wine-growing land at the Château de Bousval.
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