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.