What is ampelography?
It is the science of the identification and description of grape varieties. It derives from two Greek words “ampelos” meaning “vine” and “graphein” meaning “to write”.
For a long time now Plaimont Producteurs, assisted by the Wine growers of Saint-Mont, have been deeply interested in ampelographic research. The Pyrenean Foothills are indeed the birthplace of the great majority of the world’s grape varieties, so we thought it was important to gain a thorough understanding of the know-how and heritage associated with our lands.
From 1950 until the beginning of the 21st century, several ampelographers and technicians drew up an inventory of the ampelographic heritage and at the same time initiated a programme of conservation for the age-old plots discovered as they explored the territory.