Ghostly Knight and Super Fizz

Eyes adjusting to the low light in the cellar you perceive the ghostly figure of a night in armour seemingly raising a toast to your arrival. Before long Pierre-Antoine will be doing just that during the tasting in his tidy little cave next to Domaine de la Viaudière in the Côteaux du Layon. Pierre-Antoine Giovannoni (whose father is Corsican) is the beau-fils of the Gelineau family who have been here for four centuries. The estate produces over a dozen different wines: red, white, sparkling and sweet. Work in the vineyard and in the winery conform to the guidelines of Terra Vitis – a national federation set up ten years ago which aims to promote Eco-friendly winemaking. The family has annexed a part of the main house for use as a gîte that can accommodate large groups. It’s an ideal for two families to get together for a week’s holiday – and there’s no danger of running out of wine! Try not to get hooked on the fizzy Crémant de Loire with its warm brioche and citrus fruit aromas or, like Winston Churchill, you’ll be drinking it with all meals and in the intervals between them… 
Domaine de la Viaudière, Champ sur Layon

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