1984 - Domaine Jean-Luc Colombo became a winemaker
French wine producer and merchant Jean-Luc Colombo operates in the Rhône Valley. Colombo makes a number of Rhône Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) wines, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Hermitage, but he is most known for being a trailblazer in the revival of the Cornas wine region. The New York Times wine writer Frank Prial mentioned a Remington Norman comment on the necessity for a “media star” to draw attention to the Cornas region and highlighted that Jean-Luc Colombo had done much to meet that demand. Jean-Luc Colombo, the winery’s creator, has gained notoriety in the wine world as a result of his vehement and vocal views on the direction of the French wine business as well as issues related to extended maceration and organic agriculture. Colombo has worked with more than 100 Rhône Valley properties since establishing his Cornas-based wine consultancy business in 1984, including renown vintners like Domaine de la Janasse, Chapoutier, and Château Fortia. Jacques Grange of the Delas Frères winery, owned by Louis Roederer, and André Brunel of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Les Cailloux are only two of the young Rhône winemakers who have been affected by him.