Cooperating for Excellence

The successor to a rich cooperative history that began back in 1929, Oedoria has steadily developed the business and paved the way for its future while building on the traditional know-how of its cooperative members and the extraordinary diversity of its terroirs.

 

Year on year, it has shown a commitment to innovation while respecting tradition and the principles of cooperation, giving each winegrower the resources to make a living from their craft in a way that is both fair and sustainable.

 

To successfully balance economic challenges with human, community and rural considerations, Oedoria has always championed the quest for excellence, while doing its utmost to preserve the land through integrated and sustainable agriculture.

 

To accompany – and even anticipate – changing consumption patterns, Oedoria has also set great store by the diversification of its production. Developed over nearly forty years, the winery’s long-standing know-how in the production of fine Beaujolais has been extended to encompass all the appellations within its borders: Coteaux Bourguignons, Bourgognes Blancs, and Effervescent de Gamay. Not forgetting the much coveted Crémant de Bourgogne.

At the vineyards, this is put into practice by gradually developing the vine varieties, optimising the potential of each parcel, implementing ever more precise and rigorous specifications, and identifying the most optimal harvest date.

 

Working hand in hand with the winegrowers and the sales team, the cellarmasters are dedicated to constantly improving their vinification, blending and ageing knowledge, to further enhance the quality of the precious raw materials picked from the vines.

 

For each and every appellation it produces, Oedoria has the talent to enchant the finest palate, taking the very best of nature to new heights and always embracing the intrinsic character of its terroirs.

 

As a winegrower, I am proud to have been president of Oedoria since it was founded. Proud of its men and women motivated by passion and excellence who invest all their time and effort in shaping and elevating the authentic Beaujolais region to which we are so deeply attached. And for whom the pleasure of giving pleasure is the greatest reward.

Philippe THILLARDON
President of Oedoria and winegrower

Oedoria in figures…

Created in January 2009, Oedoria is a cooperative winery formed from the merger of three long-standing wineries in Beaujolais : Cave des Vignerons de Liergues (1929), Cave du Beauvallon de Theizé (1959) and Cave des Vignerons du Doury à Létra (1956), which joined in 2011. In June 2018, members of Cave de Gleizé join Oedoria too.
It is made up of 300 active cooperative winegrowers farming more than 1000 hectares of vines spread all over the Beaujolais des Pierres Dorées area.
On the gently sloping hills blessed with remarkable sun exposure, Gamay, Chardonnay and Pinot noir express their richly diverse aromas that result in such fabulous blends.
In 2018, production totalled nearly 60,000 hectolitres and sales were split between bottles (25%) and bulk (75%) in France and overseas.
Oedoria employs 20 permanent staff who work in total synergy with the cooperative members.
Its Board of Directors is composed of 23 members, elected by the general assembly of producers. The cooperative system takes care to offer each elected member absolute equity, regardless of the size of their vineyard. Each member can voice their opinion and vote equally following the ‘one person, one vote’ rule.
The office is composed of five administrators plus the finance and administration director, the production director and the sales director. Guiding Oedoria on its path since its inception, the directors work in close partnership to meet the targets set.

The cooperative members,
the heart and soul of Oedoria

Didier MOULIN
Finance and Administration Director

More than just a legal structure, cooperation is in Oedoria’s DNA.
Each day, our primary objective is to guarantee each cooperative member a fair living income from their craft.
Entrepreneurs to the core, we are constantly planning for the future, coming up with innovative projects to unite our winegrowers while supporting each one in accordance with their needs. Installation assistance for people looking to join the cooperative, planting assistance to encourage diversification, guaranteeing a yield per hectare to support an upmarket strategy targeting a selection of parcels, promoting sustainable and integrated farming to winegrowers… all the initiatives taken and the financial aid granted are done in the interests of safeguarding our winegrowers, their know-how and their local roots.
After all, the cooperative is only as strong as its members. Each day, the people at Oedoria and the winegrowers work hand in hand in a spirit of fairness and cooperation.

The art of bringing out
the character of each terroir

Situated southwest of Villefranche-sur-Saône, Oedoria’s winegrowing area stretches over 840 hectares in the heart of Beaujolais des Pierres Dorées.
Well preserved and plentiful, the region instantly conjures up images of Tuscany with its rolling countryside and charming authentic villages, their ochreyellow stones reflecting the bright sunshine.

Traditionally, the parcels on the gently sloping hills most exposed to the sun have been dedicated to growing vines. Today, most of the vine parcels are south/southeast facing, physically embodying the winegrowers’ determination to draw the very best out of the elements, and to reveal the very individual character of each terroir.

Taking root in the region since the early 17th century, the Gamay grape variety here expresses every facet of its personality, tied together by its outstanding smooth, fruity character.

A mosaic of complementary terroirs

Rising from the shallow, clay-limestonerich soil, the Gamay berries grown in
Létra are transformed into fabulous Beaujolais Primeurs, known for their intense fruit and silky tannins.

On the vines close to Theizé, this same iconic grape produces cellaring wines endowed with a pleasant tannic structure and enough charm to seduce the most exacting palate. Last but not least, the land close to Liergues is the spot favoured by our rosés. 

These intensely aromatic wines, delivering notes of crisp fruits, are also incredibly quaffable. The extremely deep soil rich in white limestone is also a haven for Chardonnay.

This white grape finds multiple ways to express the terroir all underpinned by a mineral structure. Chardonnay produces both still and sparkling wines that are especially elegant and complex.

Preserving the environment,
Oedoria’s raison d’être

Since its inception, Oedoria has always looked to the principles of sustainability in its approach to its viticultural practices. From tilling the soil to green harvesting, the farming methods are constantly improved with a growing importance given to observation and sharing information, to be better prepared for risks and reduce the use of agrochemicals as much as possible. This deliberately integrated approach is a testament to Oedoria’s commitment to respecting the land, its vines, its coop members but also its end consumers.

Traditional practices firmly forward-looking

Highly enterprising and fiercely focused on satisfying the needs of consumers on the lookout for excellence and authenticity, all the members of Oedoria work in close collaboration, all year long, to plan and implement the chosen directions for the vine crops. Tailored to the specific conditions of each vineyard and the key challenges ahead, Oedoria supports and advises its members on:
– choosing the most suitable vines for its estate in the interests of diversifying production;
-optimising the potential of their vine parcels to support an upmarket strategy following a very precise set of specifications;
– grubbing up, planting or choosing equipment to get the very best from the terroirs and continually enhance their knowhow while striking the perfect balance between tradition and innovation.

All developments undertaken at the vineyard are motivated by a desire to volunteer assistance and share experience in the interests of respecting each coop member.
Furthermore, special financial aids are granted to help winegrowers implement the rigorous specifications and sustain their activity for the long term.

Laurianne BOUVIER
Technical Coordinator and Quality Manager

More than just a legal structure, cooperation is in Oedoria’s DNA.
Each day, our primary objective is to guarantee each cooperative member a fair living income from their craft.
Entrepreneurs to the core, we are constantly planning for the future, coming up with innovative projects to unite our winegrowers while supporting each one in accordance with their needs. Installation assistance for people looking to join the cooperative, planting assistance to encourage diversification, guaranteeing a yield per hectare to support an upmarket strategy targeting a selection of parcels, promoting sustainable and integrated farming to winegrowers… all the initiatives taken and the financial aid granted are done in the interests of safeguarding our winegrowers, their know-how and their local roots.
After all, the cooperative is only as strong as its members. Each day, the people at Oedoria and the winegrowers work hand in hand in a spirit of fairness and cooperation.

A quest for certified excellence

From the vine stock to the wine bottle, Oedoria has put in place continuous improvement processes which go beyond legal requirements to guarantee consumers products which are excellent, safe and healthy, and respectful of the environment and the winegrowers who produce them.
These proactive and uncompromising processes have earned us ISO 22000 certification, at our site in Theizé in 2014 and in Liergues in 2017.

This international food safety standard guarantees complete traceability, and certifies our respect for precise hygiene processes so you can enjoy the wine with total peace of mind.

Oedoria
the art of perfecting nature

Today, Oedoria owns three production sites, which are split between the villages of Liergues, Theizé and Létra. At harvest time, they kick into overdrive to transform the grapes picked.
The sites are located close to the vines and tailored to the specific conditions of each geographic area, which means they are apace with the rhythm of nature, taking in grapes at peak of ripeness while preserving the freshness and quality of their aromas.

Vinification, between tradition and innovation

When Oedoria was founded, each site was put through a strict assessment to identify its individual strengths.

The aim? To capitalise on the intrinsic qualities of each winery and constantly move towards diversification and excellence.

Wine after wine, special expertise has been developed in the production of rosé and sparkling wines, which are appealing more and more to the tastes of consumers. At the same time, significant investment has been injected to acquire cutting-edge and modern equipment adapted to the production needs of each site.

Simultaneously innovative and faithful to tradition, the wine-making tools and methods used by Oedoria are designed to let each terroir express its unique character, a simple extension to the painstaking efforts employed at the vineyard.

Blending or the search for perfect alchemy

At Oedoria, the art of blending is continually refined to constantly push the quality of production to new heights.
In seeking the perfect alchemy of batches sourced from different soil geologies and sun exposures, the goal is to raise the bar of the characteristics of each, to produce authentic and elegant wines that harbour beautiful aromatic complexity and excellent finish.

For the end consumer, this delivers the promise of finding a distinct style and constant quality, in each range, from one year to the next. As well as the promise of the same intense pleasure the moment the bottle is opened.

Philippe THILLARDON
President of Oedoria and winegrower

Blending calls on memory and experience. It demands lots of patience, precision and skill. Over time, each Oedoria cellarmaster digs deeper into learning the specific conditions of their terroir and is perfectly familiar with the qualities (and even any minor issues) of the samples leaving its production site.
Together, through a meticulous process of sharing and exchange, we endeavour to marry each batch in the most suitable way, always striving for excellence. It’s an exciting step, one that calls on our capacity to stay open and complementary, which means you can never accept what you already think and know. To my mind, blending as part of a team has the added advantage of ensuring that this crucial know how, priceless in fact, survives through others.
The responsibility does not fall on just one person. Utterly in keeping with the cooperative values at the heart of Oedoria.

Barrel ageing – or the art of letting time work its magic

Traditionally, Beaujolais wines have always been drunk young. To support the production upmarket strategy and offer aficionados fine wines that would cellar well, the teams at Oedoria set their minds to developing their know-how in the area of ageing.
The logical continuation of blending, this step – which demands a rigorous and patient approach – brings out the very best of the wine while allowing the grape to express its full potential.

Year after year, the cellarmasters have patiently observed and experimented to fine-tune their choices in terms of cooperage, the oak’s provenance, the heating solution and barrel size, to craft the ‘Oedoria style’.
From ‘old vine’ cuvées to special reserves to Crémants de Bourgogne, time works its magic, always in the interests of elegance, balance and fine aromatic complexity.

A thirst for sharing

Oedoria has built up a sterling reputation among leading merchants and offers a range of bespoke services on a par with its expertise.
Endowed with the full gamut of vinification and ageing facilities and skills, the cooperative puts its stamp of excellence on the musts that pass through its rigorous and painstaking care.

The art of making each tasting

a moment of pure pleasure

The rising popularity of sparkling wines, year-on-year growth of rosé
consumption, proven demand for quality and authenticity, but also originality in terms of food and wine pairing… Since
its creation, Oedoria has evolved apace with wine consumption trends, especially on the French market.

Rather than seeing these changes as an obstacle, the cooperative has seized on them as an opportunity to constantly improve its production techniques and tools.

And always in a purely cooperative spirit – each day, winegrowers, cellar staff and sales and administrative employees work in close partnership towards a common goal: to produce wines that offer sheer pleasure, and are increasingly excellent and kind to the environment as well as the men and women who both produce and consume them.

Today, Oedoria is proud to be the sole cooperative winery in Beaujolais to produce its own Crémants de Bourgogne, including the
much lauded ‘Cuvée Or’.

In 2017, Oedoria alone was responsible for producing 72% of the Beaujolais Nouveau rosé appellation. An extraordinarily fruity rosé that is a testament to the cooperative’s impressive wine-making prowess !

Other iconic bottles – the Beaujolais Blanc Réserve Particulière’, Beaujolais Rouge ‘Vieilles Vignes’ and Coteaux Bourguignons Rouge ‘Cuvée Privilège’ are internationally prize-winning proof that wine enthusiasts, growing in number and loyalty, appreciate the upmarket strategy.

Olivier TISSEUR
Sales Director

Within the sales team, who are Oedoria’s ambassadors to industry professionals
and end consumers, we are in permanent contact with cellarmasters and
cooperative members to develop the outstanding know-how, meticulous practices,
patience and passion that lives within each bottle.
In exchange, we share with them information on the changing tastes of consumers,
to enrich our appellations and our wines, capitalising on the broad diversity of
our terroirs…
Sharing, cooperating, the constant quest for quality, the desire to please are just
some of the key values which I feel perfectly express what Oedoria stands for!

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How to contact us

Main office

Sales Management

25 route du Cottet

69620, Theizé

04 74 71 48 00

Liergues’ shop

168 Rue du Beaujolais

69400, Liergues

04 74 71 48 08

Létra’s shop

16 Montée du bourg

69620, Létra

04 74 71 58 60

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