From Occitaniain Alsacepassing through Burgundy, the winegrowers are getting up to speed with organic and biodynamic viticulture! Respect for the cycles of the moon and the sun, treatments based on plants and organic matter, weeding by hens or prize de mousse against a background of Beethoven’s symphony… Here are 7 experiences to immerse yourself in the world of vines in fashion durable
Harvest and blend with an organic winegrower in Occitania
Do you dream of sneaking behind the scenes of the vineyard? Slip into the shoes of a winegrower in Occitania! At the Domaine d’Anglas, 30 minutes from Montpellier, Roger, the fourth generation of winegrowers, takes you every week between May and September in his harvest trailer for a getaway through the 12 hectares of Ecocert-labeled vines, the cellar and the cellar. centenary. In the fall, you can even get hold of the secateurs for an introduction to the harvest, all by hand. And to learn how to blend wines, head to Château de Chamberd, in the Lot, one of the few biodynamic estates in the Cahors appellation. Around gourmet regional dishes, we compose our own blends under the expert eye of an advisor. No way to miss it, we leave with our bottle to taste at home!
Stroll through the vineyards in slow mode in the Loire Valley
Nothing like slow tourism to travel through the vineyards while filling up with oxygen! In the Loire Valley, between Tours and Chinon, explore the 17 hectares of vines of the Nicolas Paget estate and the Chinon forest by Segway or electric scooter, before tasting the house wines, AOC Touraine, AOC Chinon and AOC Touraine Azay Le Rideau, all organic . We can then continue the walk in the traditional tufa cellars with a feast worthy of Rabelais, the famous epicurean writer of the Renaissance and a native of the country: fouaces (rolls) accompanied by regional products, Touraine goat cheese or pears. tapées de Rivarennes… Enough to combine slow food and slow wine!
Treat yourself to a wellness cure in Bordeaux
How about taking advantage of a stay in the Bordeaux region to recharge your batteries in the vineyards? At Château Monconseil Gazin, 5 minutes from Blaye, Guy, martial arts teacher, offers Tai Chi Chuan sessions to refine the senses through breathing. To test the effectiveness on your taste and smell, nothing could be simpler: all you have to do is plan a tasting of the house wines stamped with Terra Vitis! At Château du Payre, where Valérie, the fifth generation of female owners, ensures respect for the environment, we combine sophrology and aromatherapy with a Sophrowine session in the park followed by a tasting of the house cuvées. And to complete the cure, treat yourself to an exclusive treatment combining natural spring water and the virtues of vines and grapes at the Vinothérapie® Spa.Sources of Caudalie . Red vine barrel bath or Merlot wrap: to each his own method and its benefits, like great wines!
Uncover the secrets of biodynamics in Alsace
Herbal teas to treat the vines? On the Alsace wine route, discover the secrets of biodynamic cultivation among the winegrowers. At Jean Becker’s, winegrowers since 1610 and pioneers of organic farming, we take you to study the geology of the terroir by walking through the Grand Cru Foehn. Before tasting great wines and small organic dishes, we will explain along the way how the mysterious “horn dung” and “horn silicas” help strengthen the defenses of the vine, just like herbal teas! At Achillée, a follower of biodynamics since 2003, you can visit the largest straw building in Europe, the bio-climatic cellar. And at the Sohler estate, enjoy a summer dinner in the heart of the vineyard: biodynamics is inspired by cosmic cycles, starting with those of the moon!
Cultivate in the vines in Provence
At Château La Coste, tasting is more than ever an art! In this 200 hectare estate at the gates of Aix-en-Provence, the cellar is signed Jean Nouvel, the Franck O. Ghery music pavilion, and other great names in architecture and contemporary art have sown their monumental works throughout the 125 hectares of organically grown vines. Will you be able to distinguish the works of Louise Bourgeois from those of Sean Scully as well as the vintages from the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence certified estate? You can always revise in the neighboring estate of Château La Gaude where Philippe Pasqua’s sculptures bloom in the shade of a biodynamic vineyard.
Awaken your five senses in Champagne
In Champagne , follow the fairies! At the Domaine de Mondeville Champagne Dumont, they take you between the vineyards and the forest of Clairvaux for unique sensory experiences. An augmented reality treasure hunt, a night stroll to meet birds and reptiles or a gourmet outing in search of Champagne truffles… We exercise our five senses before discovering the estate’s champagne in organic and biodynamic conversion. At Domaine Apollonis, classified as High Environmental Value, we open our ears wide: some plots are cultivated in music and in the cellar, the fermentation is punctuated by the Pastoral Symphonyby Beethoven! And in the large living room of the Drappier house, let yourself be lulled by the anecdotes of the dean, 95 years old, and sixth generation of winegrowers, before exploring the Cistercian cellars dug in the annex of the Clairvaux abbey!
Savor the French art of living in Burgundy
Explore the legendary Burgundy wine routeaboard an iconic car? This is a great way to celebrate the French art of living! In partnership with The French Tour, Château de Pommard offers a 2CV ride with tasting of six vintages of its emblematic cuvée, Clos Marey-Monge Monopole, and initiation into the principles of biodynamics. At the Château de Rougeon, it is in a Méhari 4 x 4 that you will cross the vines for a wine tasting on the plot and a visit to the winery where natural vinification and fermentation take place: the estate in the hands of the fifth generation, has gone to organic certification. Along the way you will no doubt come across the sheep which mow the rows of vines in winter and the hens which scratch the superfluous grass at the foot of the vines! And for the cruising spirit, we invite ourselves to the winegrowers of Buxy labeled “