The garagistes (or garagista) refers to a winemaker or group of innovative winemakers in the Bordeaux region, producing “Vins de garage”, “Garage wine”. A group emerged in the mid-1990s in reaction to the traditional style of red Bordeaux wine, which is highly tannic and requires long ageing in the bottle to become drinkable. The garagistes developed a style more consistent with perceived international wine tastes. Characterised as “winemaker’s wine whose attributes reflect a disregard for the traditional handling of its particular terroir“. Alternately, such wine is referred to as “super-cuvée” or “microchâteau”.
The wines produced by these estates often receive very high wine ratings and are smaller production wines.