family has lived in Valvignères for more than four centuries.
The marriage certificate of our ancestors,
Claude LANDRAU and Marguerite DESSERRES, dated January
15th, 1575, states they were both natives of
humble business of the LANDRAU family was passed
on from generation to generation. The name changed because of
specific marriages: On September 16th, 1798, Claude TOURNAYRE
married Mélanie LANDRAU. On November 28th, 1925, more
than one hundred years later, Félix ROBERT
married Marthe TOURNAYRE .
grandparents Marthe and Félix ROBERT had seven children.
Of the seven, it was Alphonse who, in 1965, took over the family
property. Alphonse’s brothers and sisters gave him their
piece of land. Alphonse’s youngest sister, Marguerite,
married to Albert PRADAL, the mother of Sébastien.
and Françoise ROBERT married on April 14th,
1967. Alphonse used to bring his grapes to the “Cave cooperative”
in the village, which he helped create in 1952. In 1982, he
withdrew from the cooperative in order to establish his own
estate - "Mas d'Intras".
Our three families live in the hamlet that is named Intras.
It means "Southern Entrance" to the "Vallis Vinaria"
- the area called "Valley of the Vines" (the origin
of the name of Valvignères, given by the Romans).
and Francoise’s two sons, Denis and Emmanuel ROBERT,
came to the estate in 1986 and 1990 respectively, after they
completed their studies in winegrowing. Sébastien
PRADAL, whose mother is Alphonse’s youngest sister,
joined the family estate in 2005 after completing similar studies.
Since January 1st, 2010, Sébastien and Denis
manage the Mas d'Intras together.
the two cousins still manage the Mas d’Intras. Two part-time
employees are also on board: Magalie ROBERT
- Emmanuel's wife - (since 1994) and Ida, a
friend of the family (since 2003).