Isabel Cardoso-Fonquerle’s Surprising Fate –

Isabel Cardoso-Fonquerle is a winemaker. From vines to vintage, including blending grape varieties, she produces everything on her own and organic wines. This portrait is the first in a series about African diasporas in France.

Carignan, Cinsault, black and gray branches … When she left Guinea-Bissau at the age of 17, Isabel knew nothing about the culture of the vines. It is thanks to a seasonal job that she will discover her calling and passion for the wine world. Today, this great-grandmother manages Domaine de l’Oustal Blancs eight acres on her own. She produces sun and refined wines in her image, which also reflects a famous terroir: Minervois. Meeting a woman with a strong personality.


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