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Oronce became a breeder in 2010, six years after his first vinification in the heart of La Maison Romane.  Passionate about food and terroirs, it was only natural that he began his breeding with a few Corsican pigs.  He quickly became interested in genetics allowing him to raise pigs that would be as robust as possible.  The goal is to produce a meat with an exceptional fat, quite the opposite of the pink pigs of industrial farms.

Oronce’s black pigs are raised in open air for a minimum of two years, and sometimes up to four years, and nourished with organically grown food.  This meat is enjoyed in great Burgundy restaurants, including le Comptoir des Tontons, les Caves Madeleine, la Dilettante and le Square (Beaune), l’Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge** (Dijon), La Rôtisserie du Chambertin* (Gevrey-Chambertin), La Cabotte (Nuits-Saint-Georges) and even Aux Terrasses* (Tournus).

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Pictures : © Harry Annoni, Entre les vignes © Chouchane Delgado

Since the summer of 2019, Nova Villa also has Corsican cows as well as hens from ancient breeds: The Black Gauloise, the Golden Gauloise, the Coucou from Rennes and the Marans.  Just as with the pigs, Oronce de Beler raises them all in open air, to have happy animals and to obtain high quality products.  

“The sale of fresh and certified organic farm eggs in Nuits-Saint-Georges is also a way to be a part of a hyper-proximity approach, geographically and socially".

Finally, in the Spring of 2020, we harvested our first black barley cereals, transmitted by our friend Jean-François Berthelot, a farmer-baker in the Lot et Garonne (southwest of France).  We plan on using this barley in the production of our beers (home malting) and to feed our pigs. 

Picture :  Corsican calf on the heights

of Vosne-Romanée

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Picture: harvest of black barley on the 24th of July, hamlet of Concoeur and Corboin

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"Nova Villa is the result of our passion for the living and all types of fermentations.  Today, La Maison Romane and Nova Villa function in symbiosis and by seasons.  We plan our activities like a farmer, where mixed farming allows a maximum of synergies". 

Pictures: ©Aron Pelcman for Regain Magazine, ©Nova Villa

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