Our story begins in 1950, when my parents made their first batch of nut wine. I was the the youngest of 10 children and then sadly lost my father when I was one year old (in 1951). I fondly remember making our family nut wine with my mother and my siblings. It connected me to my late-father. When I was 10 years old, I lost my dear mother in an accident. Making nut wine became more than the convivial pass-times and delicious drink, it united me to both my late-parents. My loving sisters carried on mom and dad's tradition with me so that we would continue to have these memories... and a stocked wine cellar!
With my children, I wanted to give everything to them that I had received: our faith...and the nut wine! I continued on this summer tradition with my beautiful wife and six children... following our family recipe, of course!
When I retired, I wanted to make more… but alcohol is reserved to professionals in France. In 2013, we simply created a business so we could carry on this tradition from our family to yours! Cheers!
- Bernard Largillier
Our family recipe is the “Pelican” recipe. “Pelican” was the name of my parents’ home (left photo), where this nut wine was made each year since 1950, and where it was passed from one generation to the next.
In the 1980s, our family recipe was enriched by the experience of Aunt Marie-Thérèse and Aunt Marie-Anne (right photo), who knew how to perpetuate the tradition; master the know-how and the art of wine-aging (élevage). Le Santenaire now has over half a century of experience to offer you the best selections of nuts and natural components.