Jean-François Ott, domaines ott, on provence and Bandol winemaking and consumer trust

By Tobias Webb

In this podcast interview, I had a chat with Jean-François Ott about what consumers want from his wines and winemaking practices, his suspicion of certification schemes and the idea of further transparency in the wine industry. That’s in the second half of the interview. In the first we chatted about experimentation in his winemaking and the history of Domaine Ott, which dates back to 1896. More on their history is here, and since 2004 the operation has been also part owned by champagne house Roederer.

Domaine Ott is known as a rose maker, but their Bandol red, largely Mourvedre based, is a very decent drop indeed, with serious ageing potential. We tried vintages back to 1974 and they were still fresh, highly drinkable and had aged incredibly well.

Jean-François Ott in his tasting room near Bandol

Romassan, one of Domaine Ott’s three wineries in Provence, and where they make their Bandol red
Inside Château Romassan – Domaines Ott
Ott is best known for Rose wines, as one of the largest producers in Provence
Tasting a selection of reds, whites and rose wines, with the reds going back to 1974
View from Château Romassan, Domaines Ott

About the author

Tobias Webb

Toby Webb is co-founder of Sustainable Wine. He is also founder of Innovation Forum, a leading platform for change in sustainable supply chains. He has spent 20+ years working in business and sustainability and has spent ten years teaching the subject at various London universities. He advises a number of companies large and small on sustainability. Businesses he has worked with include Patagonia, Interface, Bayer, SOK Group, Boots/Walgreens, Metro, Unilever, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, Sainsbury’s, and many others. He co-authored the UK’s national CSR strategy for David Cameron from 2006-10. He has been organising events, advising, teaching writing, blogging and podcasting on sustainable business since 2001. His (non-wine) blog is at