The summer is over. It’s time for the to-ing and fro-ing of grape-pickers and tractors wending their way backwards and forwards, from cellar to vineyards. Although there’s a lovely, friendly atmosphere, grape-picking is also genuinely hard work. It’s not always fun, particularly at the end of the day, when you’ve been bent double since early morning, labouring under a blazing sun. But don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you try this!
If you like Jimmy Hendrix, vintage cars, wine and beautiful scenery, this quirky trip is perfect for you!
Patricia Alexandre and her husband fell in love with the Luberon, its insight and its secret corners. After buying their first estate (Domaine Faverot), they’ve now created another (the Domaine des Peyre) in an old abandoned wine farm.
For several years now the winegrowers of Château Pesquié have been welcoming wine enthusiasts. On fine days visitors can even take advantage of this superb setting for picnics. You are given a wicker basket filled with local produce and the estate’s wine and then it’s up to you, enjoy a country meal in an idyllic setting!
What a great idea to stroll in the vineyards with your loved one, riding a Solex moped, on the small routes of the Piémont du Ventoux!
Did you say it’s noisy? Not at all! Nothing like the Solex from when I was a child, a nice little powered bicycle whose engine could be spotted from very far away! These are known as an e-Solex, and are made for a sustainable development. On the way for a stroll full of beautiful surprises…
Privileging quality over quantity, Château Turcan, a family winemaking estate founded in 1860 has only a small-scale production. It does, however, have a major museum on winemaking! Over 3,000 objects, some true works of art, illustrate the skills required for growing grapes and winemaking in 1,300m² exhibition space, with an area dedicated to wine presses; you will suddenly feel very, very small. Something to be seen in Ansouis, in the Luberon…
All French wine regions boast spectacular countryside and plenty of opportunity to taste wine, but the Vaucluse region offers all of that plus a wonderful climate, historic architecture and some of the prettiest villages in Europe.
The Berthet-Rayne family settled in Courthezon four generations ago. This is where they tend their vineyards, to the north-east of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation (some of their vines are over 100 years old!!!) on a clay and limestone soil with lots of rounded rocks, typical of the appellation.
Just a few minutes away from Apt, in the territory of Gargas, the Aureto Vineyard covers 32 hectares of the most beautiful land in the Vaucluse. I went there to meet the team of aficionados who manage the Domaine, and for a stroll on a vintners’ trail with autumn colours.
If you don’t know what a « pomelkophile » is in french, go to Ménerbes! Domaine de la Citadelle with its amazing private collection of 1,000 corkscrews will bring this back to mind.