Jean-Louis Giornal was told by his mother not to become a tomato and melon farmer like her, with market and roadside stalls, and all that entails. He became an accountant but always yearned to be in agriculture. One day he was visiting a client who said he wanted to sell his small vineyard. It was just at that moment Jean-Louis wanted to buy. He viewed it as divine intervention and the deal was done. Not knowing how to make wine, and without a cellar, his friends the Perrins of Chateau de Beaucastel, one of the top names in the area, offered to help. The wines have been made there ever since 1999. He kept some wines each year for his own cellar and sold the rest to the Perrins for their bottlings. Now he has a dog and eats the truffles they find with his old Chateauneufs! La Durbane is now run by Jean-Louis' daughter Florence and her husband Thomas.