Stephen Cronk originally joined the wine world straight after university and spent 8 years working for London importers before setting up his own wine and coffee business, which he sold when he was 30. He then had a successful career in the intercontinental telecoms business, working in this corporate world for 15 years. But he always dreamed of moving to France with his family to make wine. In 2009 a redundancy offer saw the family heading off to a small village in the heart of Provence called Contignac – with all their possessions piled into the back of a truck, and barely a word of French between them. Stephen and his wife Jeany spent a year searching out the best vineyards in Provence to make their dream wine, a Provence Rosé that would be regarded as among the very best in the region. And they have been extremely successful in quite a short time, now selling to over 50 markets and getting acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine critics and winning copious medals. Provence leads the way in producing fine rosé wines, but although they can boast 300 days of sunshine every year, it is such a huge geographically diverse area, that there can be dramatic vintage variations across it. The Cronks have developed relationships with some of the best growers in the region, covering 2,000 hectares of prime Côte de Provence vineyards, which gives them access to good fruit from different locations. They have also embraced screwcaps, being the first winemaker in Provence to do so. In 2019 their dream of buying a Provençal wine estate finally realised when they acquired the beautiful property they have named Domaine Mirabeau, located in the old village of La Garde-Freinet in the newly created subregion of Côtes de Provence Notre Dame des Anges AOC. The 20 hectare Estate has 14 hectares under vine with principally Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle which are farmed organically. Their stunning, ethereally pale wines are the very essence of Provence. Pure is their flagship rosé, this super-dry wine is Provence in a glass!