Set right in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region, the magnificent estate of Château Sainte Marie enjoys an excellent geographic position. The south-facing vineyards stretch over two very sunny hilltops which are among the highest points in the Gironde region. Fifth generation Stéphane Dupuch took the helm in 1997 and immediately transitioned the estate over to organic viticulture. From harvest to fermentation and through élevage, Stéphane works to preserve fruit, freshness and terroir expression. Grapes are picked early in the morning, often before sunrise, and each parcel is vinified separately to maintain terroir specificity. Wines ferment with indigenous yeast, and all vineyard and cellar work follows the lunar calendar. The always charming Entre-Deux-Mers VV Blanc is aged on its lees in tank over the winter before bottling in the spring.