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Archives testify that in 1422, the Saladin family bought a newly planted vineyard in the ‘lieu-dit’ of Chaveyron, a locality of the village of Saint Marcel d’Ardèche. Since then, 21 generations of the family have kept the winegrowing tradition alive.

A stopover on the way to the crusades, the village of Saint Marcel d’Ardèche hosted the headquarters in the 13th Century of a benevolent religious order, St Jean d’Artignan. The name ‘Saladin’ originates from both this era and one other: ‘Sultan Saladin,’ the main adversary of the Francs and the driving force behind the Muslim initiative to reconquer Jerusalem in 1187.

Amongst the first twenty generations of winegrowers at Domaine Saladin, Joseph, followed by Adrien, and then Paul Saladin, were also wine and olive oil merchants from 1840 to 1914.

The Saladin family’s historic cellar is located at the heart of the village, in the old 18th century château of the Villeperdrix family.

Paul and Louis

At the age of 13, Louis Saladin (Loï) and his brother, Paul, worked the 6 hectares of family vineyards with a horse alongside their father, Henri, and their grandfather, Paul.

Loï, the second of the six children, gradually, and until the 1980s, chose and acquired 12 hectares of ‘terroirs’ left abandoned because of the harsh work involved.

In 1978, Louis Saladin married Annick. Together, they created “Le Mazet,” a rustic restaurant in the heart of the vineyards and under the shade of Domaine Saladin’s oak trees.

Marie-Laurence and Elisabeth

In September 2003, Elisabeth and Marie-Laurence, daughters of Louis and Annick, created their first vintage. While they were still students, they took over from their father who was recovering from an illness.

Marie-Laurence graduated as an agricultural engineer and Elisabeth from business school. They both worked at various times with Marcel Guigal and Marcel Richaud in France as well as Randall Grahm in California and Philippe Debrus in Chile.

Stephane, the girls’ stepbrother, a Graduate of Science-Po, Lyon (Lyon’s Institute of Political Studies), ran “Le Mazet,” their mother Annick’s restaurant, until 2009. This little ‘mas,’ which in the past was used as a tool shed, was dedicated to typical local cuisine.

In 2006, their uncle Paul - Louis’ elder brother - transferred to the girls the 6 historic family hectares as a ‘fermage’ (open ended lease). Right up until the present day, the Saladin family has kept its traditions alive, working harmoniously together, passing along its ‘know-how’ from fathers to sons and father to daughters.

origines du domaine saladin
Paul et Louis Saladin
Elisabeth et Marie-Laurence Saladin