Mauler: traditional winemaking in the monastery wine cellar
Idyllic Val-de-Travers, a Jura mountain valley in Neuchâtel, is known as the home of Swiss watchmaking. Of greater interest to wine lovers, however, is the fact that it is in the Three Lakes
Since 1859, the Mauler family has been perfecting the quality of its sparkling wines here with the same precision as that employed by watchmakers. The wine cellar is located in the former monastery of St. Peter, which was founded in the 6th century by monks hailing from Burgundy. In 1829, Abram-Louis Richardet began making sparkling wines within its historic walls, then in 1859, Alsace native Louis-Edouard Mauler moved into the monastery and production continued. Some of the wines here are stored directly in the chapel crypt.
In addition to the monastery, there is a second production site in Môtiers, which houses the Mauler winery management, administration and sales as well as additional climate-controlled wine cellars.