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You can now own your own (if little) corner of a French vineyard

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If you love wine and regularly wonder around the shelves in the local supermarket or wine shop, threre is a chance you wished more than once you could have your own vineyard. Well, it seems like dreams do come true, and are even affordable on a student budget. 

Sounds too good to be true? Well, there is a catch- you will not be the sole owner of the vineyard but rather a shareholder in  a new crowdfunding campaign by Domaine Du Grand Mayne in the Côtes de Duras region of South West France.

But buying a share will indeed give you the opportunity (and excuse) to visit and stay in the beautifully restored maison to see the wines being made first hand - and of course taste the wines!

Owners also have access to special shareholder events throughout the year in the UK to meet Domaine du Grand Mayne's French winemaker Mathieu Crosnier, sample the award-winning wines and hear the latest news from their vineyards. And what's more, you can share all this with your friends and family. There is also an annual shareholders garden party. 

Investments start at just £10, which will also give a 15% discount off wine purchases. Investors buying £500 worth of shares will receive full shareholder benefits - 25% off the price of all wines and also 25% discount when booking the Domaine's beautifully restored house. 

Originally from the Loire Valley, winemaker Mathieu learned his craft in Bordeaux and has worked at the vineyard for seven years, whilst several of his team have worked there for over 25 years. Each year, Mathieu makes five top quality wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Merlot Cabernet, Réserve Sauvignon Sémillon, and Réserve Merlot Cabernet, and in selected years some special limited edition wines are produced.

Shareholders can buy their wine in a variety of ways: delivered direct in the UK, or collected in Calais with a saving on UK wine duty, or even greater reductions for wines purchased directly from the winery shop.


And if you wonder, whether buying a small share is worth it, look up to the existing example. This is the second round of crowdfunding to be undertaken by the winery; there are around 700 shareholders currently enjoying their investment.

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