Jean-Yves Bardin followed the work of winemakers of the Loire Valley that have the desire to make natural wine using production techniques that respect their environment allowing the soil to express itself.
By making vine portraits, the photographer is unveiling their hidden existence. Some of them are 60 to 70 years of age. Indeed they are often older than the winemakers who grow them. Grapes and the character of the wine stem from these vine stocks. Gnarled, tortuous, rugged, their enigmatic shapes become a fantasy bestiary filled up with creatures somehow disturbing.
During the Gourmand world cookbook awards in june 2015, the book Vignerons d'Anjou - Gueules de Vignerons wins the "Best in the world" award in the category "best French wine book".