Jean Rijckaert, a passionate Belgian, started making wine in the Mâconnais region in 1990. Domaine Rijckaert was founded by him in 1998. He fell in love with the excellent terroirs of the Jura and bought 4 hectares in the south of Burgundy, in Mâconnais. His enthusiasm for the Jura region and his belief in the potential of this wine region led him to also buy 5.5 hectares in the Jura, in Arbois. Each region has its own wine cellar so that we can work as close as possible to the vineyards. The wine from Mâconnais is made in Davayé and the wines from the Jura are made in Villette-Les-Arbois.
The range is expanded with purchased vines such as Chablis and Côte Dór. These grapes, just like the grapes from their own domain, are processed completely by themselves, from harvest to bottling, and with great precision and care. Jean Rijckaert and Florent Rouve met in 2013, after which Jean slowly passed the baton to Florent. Florent studied agricultural engineering, to pay for his studies Florent worked in vineyards and wine cellars. He fell in love with the wine-making process and decided to make it his career. He studied enology in Dijon and had several jobs afterward. Through his work, he met Jean Rijckaert and the opportunity presented itself to continue his work in winemaking. All the Rijckaert wines are known for their elegance. They are 'spot on', terroir-driven, and, partly thanks to the higher situated vineyards, have a pleasant freshness. Domaine Rijckaert works with low yields, a slow and soft pressing, and with wild yeasts from its own grapes. All this with the aim of expressing the typical characteristics of the grape and the soil.