Saturday, 22 February 2014

Wine wine wine

As work is somewhat manic at the moment (along with the slight inconveniences associated with a chatty toddler and being 7 months pregnant), I don't manage to blog as much as I want to. These days though, I do write a daily post on my work blog and today's post is about a subject that I thought my blog readers might also enjoy. So here is a brief guide to wine from the gorgeous Languedoc Roussillon region of the South of France. 

The Languedoc-Roussillon region is the most prolific wine-growing area in France. With the whole of France being so famous for its wine, this really is some accolade. It is not surprising then that there is a vast array of wine available of various different varieties. You can also enjoy a vineyard tour and tasting experience in the region to allow you to find out a bit more about the local grapes. The most important grapes in the region tend to be Lladoner Pelut, Cinsault, Grenache and Mourvedre. 

Wine tasting



The French are incredibly proud of their wine and rightly so, and no-one more so than the producers themselves. That’s why a winery tour and wine tasting will be such a fascinating experience in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. They love to tell you all about the wines, where they come from, how they are made and why they are some of the best in the world. Just half an hour’s drive from Ille-sur-Tet, you can visit the Domaine Treloar Vineyard and Winery. Take a tour of the vineyard and wine cave with an explanation of the winemaking process. Then move on to sample some of the wines and enjoy a home-cooked lunch. This is a small, friendly and family run wine producing estate so be sure to book a tour before attending to ensure that they can accommodate you. 

Cotes du Rousillon Villages

Just South of Corbieres lies the Agly river. Alongside the river there are just 25 villages that have been granted the Cotes du Rousillon Villages wine label. The label only produces red wine. The wines are quite strong, spicy and medium bodied. 

Grand Rousillon

The Grand Rousillon label applies to sweet wine from 89 of the region’s villages. Both sweet red and sweet white wine is produced under this label. The main grapes used for the sweet white wine are Muscat blanc, Muscat romain and Grenache. Grenache is also used for the slightly more unusual sweet red wine, along with Carignan, Cinsault and Lista. 

Crémant de Limoux

In the Roussillon region, crémant is produced following the same method as that followed when producing champagne. This includes a second fermentation process within the bottle that captures the carbon dioxide that produces the sparkling effect. The landscape and climate are similar to that in Chateauneuf du Pape so as can be expected, the sparkling white wine produced is of excellent quality although much cheaper to purchase than that produced in the Champagne region of France. 

Whatever wine you enjoy, if you win a holiday to this amazing wine producing region of France, you won’t be disappointed. It is a great idea to keep a note of your favourites throughout your holiday because despite their excellent quality, Languedoc-Roussillon region wines are relatively inexpensive so they make great souvenirs to take home.