Where can I learn more about wine?

March 27, 2010

From today’s Independent – Traveller’s Guide To: Wine journeys in Aquitaine…

“Among the courses on offer in the region, French Wine Adventures offers two-hour introductory sessions every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm during the season for €15. They are run by Caroline Feely, who, with her husband Sean, makes wine at the Château Haut Garrigue in Saussignac. The sessions begin with a tour of the château’s organic vineyard before moving inside for a more formal explanation of the appellation system, followed by a tasting. Feely also runs classes specialising in the grand cru classe wines, and a food and wine matching class takes place every Thursday afternoon at 3pm during the season; the cost is €25.”

Full atricle here…

Owning a French Vineyard

March 9, 2010

Caroline and Sean Feely own one of the few biodynamic wine properties in “French Vineyards”.  In an interview in today’s Telegraph they talk about how they took the plunge into the world of winemaking…

“The Feelys moved to south-west France five years ago with a toddler, Sophia, now seven, and baby Ellie in tow. In search of a house and separate gite with at least 25 acres of vines… they found exactly what they were looking for…”

 Biodynamic vines at Haut Garrigue, Saussignac

Read the full article here.

For information about staying at Haut Garrigue click here.

Dreaming Spires in a French Vineyard

December 16, 2008
img_6515Drive up into the hills just north of Bourg-sur-Gironde and look out for the spire-topped turrets of the Chateau de la Grave. A real little 18th century castle in the middle of 45 hectares of vines, the family home of the Bassereau family is also a wonderful bed & breakfast. Philippe Bassereau, the 4th generation of his family to work the vines here, produces red and white Côtes de Bourg wines, a rosé and even some sparkling Crément de Bordeaux. Valerie Bassereau takes charge of the baronial chambres d’hôtes rooms, one of which has a circular bathroom in the tower. The property’s wines are distributed in the UK and you can even rent a row of vines here. Stay for a weekend, visit the impressive cellars and explore this area they call the Bourgeais: a pretty countryside of hilly vineyard slopes, small-scale farming and ancient river ports.

Valérie and Philippe Bassereau, La Grave, 33710 Bourg-sur-Gironde



Own a piece of the Côte d’Or

July 16, 2008
Corgoloin is not the most famous village of the Côte d’Or, down below the 1er cru levels near the railway line. But in the village is the winery of the Désertaux-Ferrand family who are producing some class-leading white and red burgundies.  Their Meursault Les Boucheres won the latest BIVB Cave de Prestige award with a score of 18.5/20 – not bad for a producer from the Côtes de Nuits!  They also have a couple of charming holiday gites, lease their vines through 3D Wines and regularly win awards at the International Wine Challenge in London. Stay for a week or a long-weekend, meet the family, taste the wines… rent a vine!
Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand, Corgoloin

The Beauty of Les Hautes Côtes

July 16, 2008
Leave Nuits Saint Georges and Beaune and drive up into Les Hautes Côtes. The wines are good: many of the wineries here have parcelles in the 1er cru vineyards as well as their own côtes wines. The stunning scenery here is another reason for leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the N74; high vineyards with amazing views, wildflower meadows, forests, streams and lakes… and in Echevronne, the winery of Lucien Jacob whose 17 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot vines produce some delicious red, white, and rosé Burgundies. Name sounds familiar? Lucien Jacob’s vines can be ‘leased’ through 3D-Wines whose clients travel to the property to pick up their wines each year. Some stay in the family’s little gîte in the village a hundred metres from the winery.
Domaine Lucien Jacob, Echevronne