Silvio Denz

Silvio Denz

Silvio DENZ and his team put their philosophy into practice, demanding quality at every stage of the winegrowing process. Denz applies these same standards to the equipment he installs in the cellars of his five vineyards in the Bordeaux region and the two vineyards in which he is a partner outside France. 

The cellar which best epitomises this quest for perfection is surely that of Château Faugères. However, the wine cellar planned for Château Péby Faugères will be in no way inferior to it. 

Still, the technical installations would be pointless without preserving ancestral know-how, especially the care of the grapes produced. Each cellar makes every effort to respect the tried und trusted arts of winemaking (vatting by gravity flow etc). On arrival in the winery, the grape must be treated with the utmost care (carried in crates, cold room, sorting tables, conveyors, inerting etc). 

In 2005, on the recommendation of his friend Count Stephan von Neipperg (Château Canon-la-Gaffelière and La Mondotte), Denz bought the Château Faugères estate, six kilometers east of Saint Emilion. Faugères, which has 30 employees, comprises three vineyards: Château Faugères, Château Péby Faugères, both lying in the Saint-Emilion appellation, and Château Cap-de-Faugères in Côtes de Castillion. In 2010, he and Peter Sisseck took over the vineyard of Château Rocheyron in Saint-Emilion. The estates in Bordeaux cover a total of 120 hectares. Silvio Denz also owns the Montepeloso winery in Italy (which he acquired with Fabio Chiarelotto in 2007).


The winery at Château Faugères was designed by the architect Mario Botta. He describes his creation as a "cathedral of wine". Using modern technology coupled with traditional methods, such as gravity-filling, the wines are aged in oak barrels. In 2012 Château Faugères and Château Péby Faugères were awarded the status of Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Emilion. According to the wine critic Robert Parker, Château Péby Faugères today ranks among the finest Bordeaux wines. In 2015 the influential Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide rated Château Péby Faugères Vintage 2005 100/100. In February 2014, Silvio Denz acquired Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, one of the few Premiers Grands Crus Classés of 1855 and one of the oldest vineyards in Sauternes. Silvio Denz's wine businesses are held in Art & Terroir.


On September 17, 2017, Silvio Denz was inducted as a Saint-Emilion Jurat. The Jurade of Saint-Emilion currently consists of 127 Jurats and more than 3000 Saint-Emilion wine ambassadors worldwide. In October 2017, he was awarded a Special Jury Prize from Fond’Action Alsace for his active involvement in the Alsace region. In the same month, he then went on to receive the Guillon d’Or award from the Guillon d’Or award, a Vaudois wine brotherhood founded in 1954, commending his passion and performance in the world of wine.

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