He completed his apprenticeship with iconic figures in natural wine such as Olivier Cousin in Loire Valley and Jean Foillard in Beaujolais. Kohki Iwata began working at the Domaine des Soulié in Asignan (between Minervois and Saint Chinian in Languedoc-Roussillon) in 2015. The domaine has a strong focus on organic principles since 1960 on farming 27-hectare of vines with a composition of clay & limestone soils, situated at an altitude of 250 meters. It is also renowned for a constant ecological approach, fully self-sufficient in green electricity for instance.
The real challenge began in 2016 when Kohki Iwata was given the chance to purchase his first grapes from Domaine des Soulié and to start his own vinification. Like the certified organic grape, the work in the cellar has also been done as naturally as possible, to make wines that are clean and pure without chemical additives nor sulphur.
His wines are 'the-rare-find', exceptional cuvees made in very limited quantities (around 5000 bottles). A large part of the production has already been reserved by Japanese buyers and also distributed in Paris. We’ve already witnessed the rise of several Japanese winemakers settled in France and Kohki Iwata will doubtless be no exception!