Château Viella can be found in the village of Viella this is a beautiful area of rural France this year we are staying in the village in a B&B run by a lovely English lady.
Before we relax we call in at the Château and are greeted by Clair who is the owner’s daughter, she and her sister have just joined the team, her English is brilliant which of course makes our visit here much easier.
Bodegas David Moreno,
We are now staying in Haro the Capital of Rioja and make our way to Bodegas David Moreno, we have been visiting this vineyard since 2003 when we happened on it one day where we were cycling around the area. We weren’t in the wine trade just wine enthusiasts so when we started Carte-du-Vin in 2010 David Moreno wines had to be included on the Carte.
We have stocked Samieras 1040 for several years but never had the opportunity to visit the Vineyard or meet Antonio the vigneron.
So, Sat Nav set, off we go - if only it was that easy we had one of those times where we just went around in ever decreasing circles, then when travelling through a small village we noticed a sign on a door and bingo we had found Bodegas Samieras.
- J.L Denois Artisan Vigneron
We have been looking for a tradition Cremant from France as an alternative to Champagne.
After some research, we are pleased to say we have found Jean Louis Denois who originally came from Champagne and is now making his Cremant in the traditional champanoise method. The wine we have purchased here is a mix of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir,
Thursday we have been invited to join Jonathan & Rachel at Domaine Treloar for lunch, they have both been up since first thing as harvest is in full swing here. By the time we arrive they will have picked several tons of grapes transported them back to the vineyard where they are de-stemmed and put into tanks to start fermentation.
After a pleasant lunch looking at the Mediterrean we move onto the next vineyard.
Château Rouquette is owned by the Boscary family, they have been making wine here for four generations, today Jacques, Dominique, their two sons Arnaud and François run the estate
Today we have been joined by friends from home, no rest though we are visiting two vineyards today.
The first visit is to Domaine Grangette where we buy our Picpoul de Pinet, we have stocked this wine for 6 years and its popularity in the UK grows all the time.
Pierre Brigandat & Fils – Channes
Arriving at Dieppe at 5:00 am we make our way to the first producer on our list.
Travelling along country roads towards #PierreBrigandat & Fils the villages are decorated with paper flowers this was for the annual “Route du champagne fête 2017”