SASKIA VAN DER HORST
After working as a Sommelier in the London scene for several years. Saskia decided to study wines in Burgundy and had undergone a 2 years degree in Burgundy, while doing internships with famous growers such as Jean Claude Rateau in Beaune and Jean Christophe Comor in Provence.
In 2013, she found some vineyards in Roussillon and decided to create her domain: Les Arabesques. The estate is located in the Roussillon, region of the South of France, 30km west of Perpignan between the Corbières and the Pyrenees mountains. While only 4.5ha in size, its eight vine plots across three neighbouring villages provide a rich diversity of terroir and soils: schist in Montner, marl slate in Planèzes, and greiss granite in Latour-de-France.
Les Arabesques uses natural and organic winemaking methods in the respect of age-old traditions: grapes are harvested and carefully selected by hand, and fermentation takes place thanks to naturally occurring indigenous yeast. Grape varietals in red and dry white vintages include Carignan, Lledoner Pelut, Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Macabeu, and Syrah.