The story of Château Ampélia is that of a meeting, a challenge and a conviction. In 1996, three years before acquiring the Ampélia lands, François Despagne inherited the Grand Corbin-Despagne estate from his family. He thus became the seventh generation of the family at the helm of this Saint-Émilion property. François then eagerly sought a new challenge and created a new vineyard – this time, not in Saint-Émilion, but in Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux, the neighbouring appellation. Château Ampélia, however, needed a new start. Nothing existed at the property apart from the vines. Everything else had to be created. Cellars needed building, a farm had to be set up, and a wine had to be perfected in order to create a new story, the story of Ampélia.