Domaine Les Enfants Sauvages

Carolin and Nikolaus Bantlin's journey into winemaking is a testament to their passion for the craft and their commitment to sustainable practices. Originally from Germany, they found themselves drawn to the picturesque town of Fitou, nestled near the border with Spain in the Côtes Catalanes region of France.

Their story began as visitors to the area, initially drawn by friendships but soon captivated by the beauty and potential of the region. Enthralled by the idea of working the land and creating wine, they made the bold decision to settle in Fitou and embark on this new chapter of their lives together.

In 2002, Carolin and Nikolaus purchased an old estate boasting 7.5 hectares of vineyards. This acquisition provided the perfect opportunity for them to fulfill their dream of winemaking. Carolin pursued formal education in winemaking in France, equipping herself with the necessary knowledge and skills to cultivate and craft exceptional wines.

From the outset, the Bantlins were committed to revitalising their vineyards using biodynamic methods, integrating the vines into a natural organic cycle. This approach not only nurtures the health of the vines but also enhances the expression of terroir in their wines.

Inspired by their mentor Olivier Pithon, Carolin interned with him and received encouragement to transition from selling grapes to making their own wine. Thus, the story of Les Enfants Sauvages began, marking a significant turning point in their winemaking journey.

In the vineyard, the Bantlins adhere to strict organic principles, eschewing pesticides and herbicides in favor of natural alternatives such as nettle, chamomile, and horsetail preparations. Their vines are cultivated in the traditional "goblet" style, reflecting a deep respect for tradition and terroir.

Come harvest time, grapes are meticulously handpicked into small crates, ensuring optimal quality. The wines crafted by Carolin and Nikolaus are aged in either cement or barrel, depending on the cuvée, allowing the unique characteristics of each wine to shine through.

Through their dedication to sustainable viticulture and artisanal winemaking techniques, Carolin and Nikolaus Bantlin have carved out a niche for themselves in the Côtes Catalanes region, producing wines that reflect the purity of their terroir and the passion they bring to their craft. 

Something we really admire about their project is how involved their two sons, Juri and Falk, are. It's so inspiring to see a family working together and building something beautiful.