Sometimes, I have the impression having lived two lifes for the price of one:
In the first, I made career in advertising in Amsterdam. At thirty, I was head of the strategy department, and the choice was there: Keep on doing the same thing for thirty more years – imposing people to buy things they don’t need – or start a whole new life ?
With my ex-husband, we choose for the last. After visits to Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Northern Rhône, we heard about the Languedoc, the ‘new world of wine in France’ where all would be still possible. The choice was made.
I have three daughters – and so did the owner before us. According to the old men in the village, even in the thirties there already lived three beautiful girls on the domain. Hence the name !
Marijn, Fiene and Lara where 6 years, 4 years and eight month old when we moved here. To them, it’s the place where they have grown op, the ‘terroir’ to which they are attached for ever. Now, they all study in the city- but they always make time for harvest or vinification.
We will see what future brings, but in their heads it’s clear: one day, the three sisters will run Terre des Dames together …
And now ..
With seventeen years experience Terre des Dames is now a stable, successful winery, that I run with the assistance of my perfectionistic French employee Jean-François, his wife Géraldine and a loyal team of season-workers.
I am remarried to French interventional radiologist Oliver, who does not work on the winery – but who certainly loves wine !