Chateau Cayla is named for the Baron Christophe de Cayla, who was the original owner of the property.
The Baron’s family controlled the estate until 1831, when the last descendant, Pierre de Cayla (a renowned archaeologist), died. That same year the property was taken over by the Galards family. Today the property is one of thirteen estates owned by the Gonfrier family.
Chateau Cayla’s estate spans 20 hectares in the municipality of Rions along the steep slopes of the Garonne River. The soil is composed of chalky gravel and clay. The property is planted with a majority of Merlot vines as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, and the average age of the vines is 16 years.
Following a mechanical harvest, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation the grapes undergo a maceration for 18-20 days with strict temperature controls. The wine ages in vats for 12 months until it is switched to oak barrels where the aging process is completed.