The Love Story Behind Clos Solène
At first, and we are talking when he was 5 years old, Guillaume was into winegrowing, following his father everywhere on their property in the Languedoc-Roussillon. But as he grew up he would be interested in what was happening to the grapes he had been helping to grow and got into winemaking as well. After graduating from Oenology and Viticulture in Carcassonne, his parents moved, selling the family property to buy a new one, in Bourg, a village near Bordeaux. Disappointed, Guillaume stayed in the Languedoc and visited his parents on weekends but not convinced to move… until he met her.
“Un coup de foudre”- a bolt of lightning – Nothing could stop them from seeing one another. It was only several months later that they did.
But they had different lives to live. She had to go to Spain and he had to go to California. Alas, their love survived the distance and they faced the obstacles together so that when he asked her to move with him to Paso Robles, refusing to take on the family property but instead developing his own brand, she knew his passion for wine would take them somewhere - she would just have to follow him and trust him. This is how, in 2007, they started Clos Solène. It isn’t all smooth and easy, but Guillaume works still with the same passion, which he claims is alive because the love of his life has faith and trust in him.