With more than 30 years in the culinary spotlight, acclaimed chef Joachim Splichal goes back to his roots in Provence, France, where he learned to cook, to open a winery dubbed Domaine de Cala, producing rosé wine in both a four-varietal blend and a three-varietal, oak barrel-aged Prestige blend. Throughout his illustrious culinary career—which started in Provence, then came to California and went from one restaurant to an empire including more than 70 establishments across the East and West Coasts—Splichal always yearned to open a winery in Provence. After signing on his twin sons as partners, Splichal requested the talents of internationally renowned Winery Consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt to make the red wine and ensure world-class winery operations. Derenoncourt then introduced Splichal to Bruno Tringali, an expert in Provençal rosé, who joined the team as rosé winemaker. Provence native François Rigord also came aboard, devoting his seasoned Provençal vineyard expertise to Domaine de Cala’s 60 acres of vines.
Born and raised in Toulon, Bruno Tringali studied first Agriculture to specialize later in the Oenology field. He graduated as Oenologist in Montpellier in 1988 and exercised as such at "Domaine du THOUAR LE MUY" from 1989 to 1993.
In 1994 he created his own brand "Château CAVALIER" where he handled all the operations, from wine management to quality development as well as the brand marketing.
For several years he gained experience in wine production procedures, such as HACCP, quality systems like IFS and ISO and chemical analysis with COFRAC accreditation.
With his expertise he became a strong consultant for nearly thirty wine producing farms in Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region before collaborating with Stéphane Derenoncourt.
Proud of his heritage and with all the expertise gained through the years, Bruno Tringali became an expert in the expression of the Southern terrors and valorization of the Provence Rosé.
Born and raised in the North of France, Stéphane Derenoncourt arrived in the Bordeaux region in 1982 to participate in the grape harvest, partly through financial necessity, but mainly by pure chance.
For several years, he has been working in every aspect of vine culture, moving from properties to properties and gaining a good reputation in the area.
In 1990, he began working at Chateau Pavie-Macquin in Saint-Emilion, which, in the space of just a few short vintages, acquired a solid international reputation.
Derenoncourt was spotted by Stefan von Neipperg who offered him responsibility for his Saint-Emilion properties. They quickly turned La Mondotte into a cult wine.
Riding the wave of this success, Stéphane Derenoncourt enjoyed a growing notoriety, gaining real respect in the professional sphere. He has a profound commitment to terroir. Stéphane’s devotion to the interaction between site, soil and climate that gives a wine its defining character is the touchstone of his quest to find authenticity in each wine he makes.