Our Story

The château and its organic vineyards are located in Juillac/Gironde, 25 km south-east of St. Emilion on the south bank of the Dordogne River.

The property borders on the remnants of a Roman road that crossed the Dordogne River from Montcaret on the north bank and continuing to Bordeaux, 60 km west of Juillac. In the first century, the Romans were the first to plant grape vines in the area. In the last millennium Bordeaux grew to be the most famous wine growing region in the world.

In 1590 the château was constructed as a small fortress during the reign of King Henry IV of France (1589-1610).

Freddy and Maïté Pantarotto became owners of La Roberterie in 1989. They wrote its story until 2015, when Artur & Linda Zimmer purchased the property. They committed to restore the château that had deteriorated over many decades and to expand and modernize the winery. Also, the vineyards were to be improved to optimum conditions. These projects were completed by late 2018.

There is now a beautifully restored château and a state-of-the-art winery that produces award-winning wines of the highest achievable quality from the organically grown grapes from one of the best terroirs in the area.

La Roberterie is managed by a well-balanced team that brings together very different but complementary backgrounds and personalities. All epicureans at heart, its members gather around their love of their work, but also around their common passions.

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Artur Zimmer

Artur Zimmer

Owner, CEO

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Linda Zimmer

Linda Zimmer

Owner, CFO

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Simon Zimmer

Simon Zimmer

Associate: Business Operations

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Freddy Pantarotto

Freddy Pantarotto

Technical Manager

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Maïté Pantarotto

Maïté Pantarotto

Administrative Manager

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Cécile Houdayer

Cécile Houdayer

Oenologist & Assistant Production Manager

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Caroline Fleur

Caroline Fleur

Consultant Oenologist

La Roberterie History

1590

The chateau is constructed as a small fortress during the reign of King Henry IV (1589 – 1610).

19th century

The property is owned by a Maître d’Armes of Napoleon, who was the first to plant grapes on the property.

1989

The property is acquired by Alfred “Freddy” and Maîté Pantarotto (left). Artur and Linda Zimmer purchase the property and set about restoring both the chateau and the winery.

September 2015

Château La Roberterie has the appellation Bordeaux-Supérieur for the red wines and Entre Deux Mers for the white wine. The Bordeaux region is known for its excellent wines with the main focus being the red “Bordeaux”, which on the “Right Bank” typically is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and can include Malbec, Petit Verdot and other red varietals.

September 2015

The restoration of the chateau and winery begins.

September 2015

Extraordinary efforts are made to preserve as much as possible of the original structure from 1590.

September 2015

The barn being converted into a reception hall.

September 2015

Soon the towers will re-gain their conical roofs.

September 2015

The winery is in the process of being expanded and modernized.

March 2017

The winery is in the process of being expanded and modernized.

June 2017

The winery expansion will include new stainless-steel fermenters, cold/warm glycol supply system to control temperatures of the fermenters.

June 2017

The tower in the back is complete with its conical roof.

June 2017

A new entrance gate is built to welcome guests. The “R 1590” is representing the logo of the winery (Roberterie 1590).

July 2018

Renovation of the chateau and winery completed, including landscaping and a fountain.

September 2018

The new stainless-steel fermenters are ready to make wine.

September 2018

The wine barrel storage facility now stores 225 liter and 500 liter barrels for the aging process.

September 2018

From left to right: Freddy, Maïté, Linda and Artur

September 2018

A spring fed pond is re-established beneath the chateau.

September 2018

After 2½ years, the chateau has been completely renovated.

September 2018

The original cement fermenters were upgraded and are still being used today.

October 2018

The harvest in 2018 marks the first time the newly modernized winery is fully operational.

October 2018

We look forward to welcoming visitors to Château la Roberterie.

October 2018

We have a wine for all palates to offer during your visit.

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