Swiss entrepreneur Silvio Denz is a true connoisseur of fine wines, and he also loves architecture and collects baroque, Impressionist and contemporary paintings, as well as work by René Lalique. Apart from his own four Bordeaux winegrowing estates: Faugères, Péby Faugères (both classified as Saint-Emilion Grand Cru), Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux property Cap de Faugères and Lafaurie-Peyraguey in Sauternes, he's also part-owner of class act producers in Italy and Spain.
Silvio Denz sees Terroir as an aspect of heritage, an asset that leaves no room for improvisation. He and director Alain Dourthe-Larrère are therefore very careful to treat the unique soils with respect. Some are traceable to the Lower Eocene era and they need the greatest possible care and a vineyard that is optimised to ensure that the wine is the best possible expression of the terroir. This is especially true of the great hillside terroirs of Château Péby Faugères and of the plateau and slopes of Château Faugères, both classified as Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
An environmental management policy was introduced in already in 1997 in the vineyards of Péby Faugères, Faugères and Cap de Faugères. In 2009, all vineyards were awarded Ecopass 2000 certification, and this system is applied to all the activities of the three member-vineyards, including uprooting and re-planting, tending the vineyard, fertilising, phytosanitary and leaf treatments, vinification and maturation, bottling, maintenance of equipment and green spaces and administration.
Technical installations are of the latest produce, but these would be pointless without preserving ancestral know-how, especially the care of the grapes produced, so each vine is treated with great care.