About Domaine Les Hutins

By Lisa Rowlands

Brothers Pierre and Jean Hutin - influential figures in Geneva’s ‘viticultural revolution’ of the nineteen-eighties, used their vision and commitment - along with that of like-minded colleagues in the canton - to help shape the variety-enriched, diverse wine landscape we see today. Convinced that high quality could be achieved only by limiting yields, and driven to explore the potential of their terroir by planting previously untried varieties, the brothers’ innovative approach to cultivation and vinification led to the development of a more commercial, quality-focussed industry.

For the past decade however, with Pierre having retired, the team at Domaine Les Hutins in Geneva’s famous Le Mandement sub-region, has been led by Jean’s daughter - Émilienne Hutin Zumbach, who is both fortunate and proud to still be able to call on her father’s vast knowledge and expertise. The fifth generation of the Hutin family to take the helm at this estate, Émilienne’s ‘wine route’ has been somewhat less direct than that of her father and uncle. Deciding only to follow in the family tradition after raising her children on the estate and having gained both a degree in oenology and a viticulture diploma, she brings an innovative, forward-thinking approach which is perfectly complimented by her father’s experience.

The Hutin vineyard - nineteen hectares with favourable aspect and excellent growing conditions - allows for a wide range of grapes to be planted. Chasselas, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier rank amongst the white varieties whilst Gamay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and the hybrids Gamaret and Garanoir make up the reds.