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Paradise Rescued

France, Gironde

Brief History

As a wave of housing development threatened to engulf the small Bordeaux wine village of Cardan and take away its rural culture, its community decided to take a stand to maintain the rural and architectural heritage of the village.

Founded with the mission to protect the heritage of the beautiful village of Cardan, sustain its rural community and to hand produce high quality organic wines, Paradise Rescued was founded by Australian engineer entrepreneur and villager David Stannard in 2010.

Beginning with a half hectare block of neglected Cabernet Franc, overlooked by the 12th century village church, setting an organic viticulture / wine strategy in place, Paradise Rescued has progressively restored the vineyard to good health and created the unique Bordeaux B1ockOne varietal Cabernet Franc brand wine.

In 2011, a second vineyard block was purchased next to the property and winery. The existing (now) 65 year old Merlot vines were retained and the remaining area cleared and replanted in new Merlot in 2014. This vineyard has become the home of Paradise Rescued Merlot and BlockTwo Merlot CabFranc Bordeaux blend.

Our wine philosophy is “fruit forward” - what we grow in the vineyard is reflected in the wine we produce. The wines are elegant, forward and easy to drink at a young age but with the potential to age beautifully, reflecting the care taken in both the vineyard and winery. We combine straightforward traditional techniques of winemaking and oak barrel maturation combined with modern organic science and minimal intervention.

“Good wines are first created in the vineyard and the soil in which they are grown. We want our wines to reflect our efforts to create a dynamic organic vineyard environment.” David Stannard, Founder

The Paradise Rescued vision is to be a progressive niche niche brand leader. We export our wines across the Euro zone, the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA (pending). We welcome visitors to our vineyards and winery and look forward to sharing our story with you in person.

Paradise Rescued was awarded the 2021 France Winery of the Year for Cabernet Franc by the Melbourne International Wine Competition for its 2015 (Double Gold Medal) and 2014 (Gold Medal) awards. Paradise Rescued is also a two time winner of a Silver Stevie International Business Award.
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Varieties in wines

Cabernet Franc Merlot

Appellations grown

Bordeaux Supérieur

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Supply available across the Eurozone at

In Australia, our store is WineShop at

Friends of Paradise Rescued / Club Paradise Rescued / Famille de Paradise Rescued

Members of our Family / Club receive a bi-monthly newsletter with behind the scenes updates on vineyard progress, priority access to vintage releases and special member offers.

Organic Vineyard and Winery Master Class

The annual cycle of nature and its seasons is reflected in the circle of activity in the Paradise Rescued vineyards and winery. This Master Class will take you on a short journey through those cycles and give you detailed insights into the activity that within a certified organic operation.

Walk in the Cabernet Franc vineyard, overlooked by the heritage listed 12th century Cardan church, appreciate the annual viticultural cycle and the activity undertaken throughout the seasons. Witness the step-by-step process that each vine goes through from hibernation and pruning through grape growing to harvest. Hear what it took to create a healthy certified organic vineyard success from a run-down chemically overdosed block of land. Appreciate the importance of healthy soil and ecosystems. Witness the health of the new merlot vineyard and see up close the 65 year old Merlot vines that were rescued from their near death experience in 2011.

Standing amongst the vats, pump, barrels and other equipment in the ‘garage’ winery, follow every step of how hand-selected grapes are destemmed, crushed and start their fermentation process in our micro-vats. Learn about each of the hand crafted stages of fermentation, racking off, basket pressing, storage and barrel maturation as well as the key aspects of hygiene and winery management. And how modern technology combines with tradition to produce fine, fruit forward Bordeaux wines.

Complete the Master Class with a tasting of the individual Cabernet Franc and Merlot wines from the current winery barrels and bottle stock. And please share all your questions in discussion with the owner and vigneronne / winery manager.

Paradise Rescued winery - Tour and Taste

Take a tour of the vineyards with the vigneronne or owner, hear how the Paradise Rescued sustainability story began, appreciate the benefits and skills that go into “hands-on” artisanal organic viticulture.

Learn about making organic wine in the winery up close with the equipment, follow the production steps from grape harvest to award winning wine in amongst the vats and barrels.

Complete the visit with an appreciation in the winery of a recent vintage of both the (unique) varietal Cabernet Franc BlockOne and Merlot CabFranc blend BlockTwo wines.

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