It's summer time and the holidays are a good opportunity to discover new wine regions! This time I am taking you to a small vineyard whose popularity is rising: AOC Côte Roannaise, in the Loire department (42), is part of the Loire vineyard. Its wines are more and more present in wine shops and sought after by wine lovers. I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in the region at the beginning of the summer, and I was delighted by all that it has to offer.
It's been a while since I published an article dedicated to wine travel abroad. That's because for almost two years now, Covid has severely limited our trips to foreign countries. In November 2021, I was lucky enough to spend a week in Naples and its region. Although wine tourism was not the main reason for this trip, I couldn't help taste some wines and marvel at the vine-growing landscapes by the seaside. Here is what you should expect when going to Campania.
Hilly landscapes, lots of old vines, rocky soils and in the end, fruity and light red wines: this is Beaujolais! A name that the French often associate with Beaujolais Nouveau, the new wine released on the 3rd Thursday of November. But Beaujolais is much more than that! Breathtaking vineyard landscapes, 10 crus... Here is an overview of what you could discover in the Beaujolais region if you ever get the chance to go there.
Vines and wine in Vietnam? Yes, it is mainly produced around the city of Dalat, in the center of the country. It was in fact the French who introduced viticulture to this country at the end of the 19th century. Some figures and report of some Vietnamese wine tastings. Without claiming to be a specialist, of course! But you can also do wine tourism in Vietnam!
If you come to the Loire Valley and take a wine tour, you will inevitably notice small houses, proudly standing in the middle of the vineyards - sometimes abandoned and in ruins, unfortunately. Vineyard lodges are the witnesses of past times, of another way of life - that of the local winegrowers until the end of WWII. Do not hesitate to walk in the vineyard (the footpaths are public) to discover these charming little buildings -some of them remain open - when visiting the Loire Valley.
Wild tulips in the vineyard of Vouvray, in the Loire Valley, are a protected species and a beautiful sight to discover every spring. More information in this article, published in a particular context...
Let's cross the Channel and discover the English wine production! I had the opportunity, in December 2017, to visit a vineyard located 4 kilometers from the city of Bath, in Somerset, in the west of England. I will tell you a little more about the small vineyard and the wines - which I was able to taste - of Mumfords Vineyard, a wine estate managed by Tony and Margaret Cox since the 1980s.