Olivier Guala, Yves Roy and Yoshi Kuroda
Poligny, Jura, France
O2Y is a collaboration between Olivier Guala, Yves Roy and Yoshi Kuroda. The trio (originating from France and Japan) make wine with négoce grapes in Poligny, a small town in Jura with limestone cliffs to the east and south. Olivier recently purchased some of his own vineyards in Jura – an exciting development which will see coming vintages using his own grapes as well as négoce.
The grapes are meticulously sourced from biodynamic vineyards in Alsace, Beaujolais and Jura and since 2021, when a difficult vintage took their search for top quality grapes further afield, also Roussillon. Olivier, previously a professional in vintage car restoration, drives the project and brings the grapes to their ‘cave’ in his old truck where barrels and vats stand side by side with vintage cars.
Yves and Yoshi met at the Lycée Viticole in Lons le Saunier during their training as winemakers. Yoshi had recently arrived in France, with no knowledge of the french language but a burning desire to learn more about the natural wines he had tasted in his native Japan. Alongside O2Y, Yves now has his own winery called Nøvice and Yoshi works for Emmanuel Houillon at Domaine Overnoy.
The three take turns overseeing the winemaking process; each making their own wine with their personal touch and decision-making.
The wines are precise, vibrant and complex, with a distinctive lightness and balance. They bring together expressions of a diversity of terroir, yet are all made from a Jura perspective.
Production size: 10–16,000 bottles per year.
All wines are 100% additive free, with no sulphur added at any point.