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Picnic in Château Pesquié’s vineyards

 

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!

Nestled in the village of Mormoiron a few kilometres from Mont Ventoux, Château Pesquié is a real haven of peace and pleasing to both the eyes and the taste buds! With its cypress lined paths and ochre walls you could almost be in Tuscany. It’s the perfect place to stop for lunch, stroll through the vineyards and enjoy the estate’s wines.

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All summer long you can enjoy the Provençal way of life here. With your most beautiful straw hat and your wicker basket full of seasonal fruit and vegetables, good goat’s cheese and crispy bread – everything you need to conbine with the estate’s wines – just find a place to settle down in the shade of the ancient trees in the Château’s gardens.

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In Provençal, « pesquié » means pool or water. This grand bastide was built where several springs meet to intersect and intertwine. There are still lots of intact fountains in the gardens. History enthusiasts can take the time to learn about the vineyard’s Roman origins and the building of the château which took on its current form as a Provençal bastide around 1745.

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Before lunch you can set out along the lovely walking pothattack the lovely walk through the vineyard. With the help of a small guidebook you can walk wherever you want in the estate’s 14 hectares of vineyards. No need for hiking shoes, it’s very easy going!

Everything is explained: the young Syrah vines on one side, the old Carignan vines on the other, the estate’s truffle oaks, the micro-climate due to Mont Ventoux – in thirty minutes of walking, alone or accompanied, you’ll have a great time learning all about this AOC Ventoux vineyard.

Of course, it would be a shame to leave without having visited their lovely brand new wine cellar and shop.

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On this estate, which uses organic farming, they have been making wine for three generations. The Chaudière family, above all the sons Alexandre and Frédéric, are committed to making high quality wines that lend their noble status to the Ventoux wines.

Our personal favourites are the estate white wines. « Les Terrasses » – floral, mineral, ethereal – this wine has an exquisite freshness. « Quintessence » – woody, buttery, round – everyone agrees that this wine is a real pleasure! It seduced our small group of walkers on the day, they loved it! (me included).

It’s pleasant and makes a refreshing change to spend time with family or and friends this way! A beautiful venture from people who are passionate about wine and the region.

Wine tastings with food and music are also organised throughout the year.

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