The family

The history of “La Cendrillon” vineyard began in the middle of the 18th century, when it became the property of the Joyeux family in 1750.

The roots of the Joyeux family in the Ornaisons municipality date back to the 17th century. Jean-Pierre Ajac lived in this small village, situated in the Corbières district at the foot of the Fondfroide mountain range. As owner of the Chateau d’Ornaisons and the Estate of “La Cendrillon“, the family was quickly recognized as entrepreneurs. They didn’t fear the risks nor the difficulties of wine making brought about by phylloxera.

In 1850, Pierre-Hyppolyte Ajac rejuvinated the estate through the development of the gypse quarries and wine making.

In 1904, his granddaughter, Marie-Blanche, heiress of the estate married Louis-Ulysse Joyeux, Officer, with whom she had four sons.

Widowed, following the sudden death of her husband at war in August 1914 whilst he was at the head of his own company in Lorraine, this young lady managed the estate energetically with the aim of handing it on to her sons.

One of them, René, Surgeon and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Montpellier, continued to develop the estate with the aim of keeping and passing on the family heritage to one of his 10 children.


La Famille Joyeux

Robert et Geneviève Joyeux, propriétaires du domaine de La Cendrillon

In 2005, Robert, together with his wife and eight children, decided to take on this family estate whilst Robert continued his international career in industry.

Today, Robert and Geneviève Joyeux, the 7th generation in line of descent, continue to develop the Estate of “La Cendrillon”.

At the start of the new Millennium, Robert Joyeux launched an enterprising renovation programme in line with his ambitions: to produce fine elegant wines that show the complexity and the variety of the land.

Robert and Geneviève Joyeux have been devoted full time to their family estate since 2011. They are dedicated to the development of “La Cendrillon“, knowing that their succession is assured: Their children, five girls and three boys are already expressing their analytical approach and share the same ambition for excellence.

La Cendrillon“, at the heart of the Corbières region, is indeed a terroir, but also a know-how.