Morgane and Bruno Le Breton, of BLB Vignobles (Combaillaux, France)

Morgane and Bruno Le Breton, of BLB Vignobles (Combaillaux, France)

Years in the Industry:

Bruno: Since 1991, my first vintage! I spent my first three vintages at Domaine Saint Hilaire, Montagnac. Morgane was born there, and then we moved closer to Montpellier at Domaine de la Jasse. Today I own Domaine de la Jasse and Domaine Montlobre, and I have a great wine tourism project at Domaine Montlobre.

Morgane: Can I say I’ve been in the wine industry my whole life? Considering I grew up between tractors, harvest after harvest, following the team in the vineyard and having to smell every wine my father tasted… I officially joined the family business in 2014 on a part time basis, and full time in 2017. I always say that my father is a winemaker and he made me a wine lover!

Our Biggest Challenges to Wellness:
Bruno
: Clearly, as a winemaker, my job is 100% related to alcohol drinking. My biggest challenge is to organize my agenda around wine tasting and receptions with the flexibility to keep time for sport and rest. I am involved in many organizations where I have the chance to be inspired by people from the wine industry but also culture, sport, environment, entrepreneurship and so on…

Morgane: I’m often told that I must be working 24/7 since I’m working at home in a family business. But actually, I try to keep time for everything. Time to work, time to rest, time to go out, time to sport, time to read… And this is my challenge: to accept frustration sometimes and be okay with the fact that I can’t do everything everywhere with everyone. I just have to think of what is good for me.


How We Keep It Together to Stay Well:
Bruno
: I keep one or two days per week without any alcohol. But even at home during our meals I have a spitoon so I can enjoy wine without being obliged to drink it. If case you're wondering, yes! I do feel the exact same pleasure. We are lucky to have beautiful landscapes in the South of France and I bike at least once a week. This is a privileged moment with myself where I exercise but overall where I think. I also walk a lot in the vineyard with Berny, our dog. 

Morgane: I love photography. This is a real "me time" where even if I’m with friends I like to take a step back and enjoy the moment looking at them, waiting to catch their real smile. I try to run at least twice a week, not for a long run but High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) so I keep it short but I get the pleasure (and aches) from training. I practice Pilates at home on the other days. I have never been fond of makeup, cosmetics and everything that you should apply on your skin to improve something. But for a year now I try more and more natural products: my mother makes a lot from our own garden. I love making the product from scratch and enjoying a real moment by myself knowing what I thank my body for.

You can connect with Bruno and Morgane through Twitter or LinkedIn, or through the BLB Vignobles website.

Erin Kirschenmann, Managing Editor, Wine Business Monthly (USA)

Erin Kirschenmann, Managing Editor, Wine Business Monthly (USA)

Luke Jolliffe, Chief Winemaker at Stella Bella Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia (Australia)

Luke Jolliffe, Chief Winemaker at Stella Bella Wines, Margaret River, Western Australia (Australia)