Château Durfort-Vivens traces its origins back to the 14th century, when the Durfort de Duras family settled in the Margaux appellation. During the 17th century, this hunting lodge became a wine estate. In 1824, Viscount Robert Labat de Vivens inherited the estate and associated it with his name.
Acquired in 1937 by the owners of Château Margaux, one of whose main shareholders was the Lurton family, Château Durfort-Vivens became the property of Lucien Lurton in 1961 and then of his son Gonzague Lurton in 1992.
The quality of Château Durfort-Vivens wines was recognised in 1787 by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, who, during his visit to the appellation, placed it just behind Châteaux Lafite, Latour and Margaux. In the 1855 classification, Château Durfort-Vivens was promoted to Second Grand Cru Classé.
In 2016, Château Durfort-Vivens became the first of the Margaux Cru Classés to be awarded Organic Farming and Biodynamic certification. While the wines have held the "zero residue" label since 2014, the estate has also been HVE and EMS certified since 2019.
With a surface area of 62 hectares, the vineyards of Château Durfort-Vivens produce elegant wines of great precision. The grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Since 2018, part of the ageing process has been carried out in amphorae, in order to preserve the wine's freshness and encourage authentic expression of the fruit. The estate now has the largest amphora cellar in the world.