My three months of French podcasts, two and a half months of group lessons, and countless hours of solo-study finally paid of this past weekend when I had the pleasure of asking, "How much does this bottle cost?". We visited four local wine producers during the Fete de la Vigne & du Vin on Saturday and sampled white, red, & rosé varieties of Bandol; one of Provence's most internationally-recognized wine regions.
Here are some of the images of the day followed by addresses and links to the wine producers we visited.
Our first stop at Le Galantin with a tour of their cave followed by a short tasting. They are a small producer, but won several awards at this year's Concours des Grandes Vins de France and are quite well-known internationally.
Heading to the next domaine; we are quite near the pretty village of Le Castellet.
Arriving at Domaines Bunan; a large & popular estate to visit. Stunning landscape and views of the region.
Touring the caves, a mix of modern & old technology.
I struggled a bit with our tour (in French) but I did catch that there is a single man who produces these wine barrels for their caves at the cost of €11,000 each.
Getting ready to be packed & shipped. Germany & Great Britain are some of their largest buyers (also from the tour).
Last producer of the day: Chateau Pradeaux. Beautiful estate under the control of the family Portalis since 1752 through the inheritance of Jean-Marie-Etienne Portalis, Minister for Napoleon (from the literature for the domaine).
Keeping track of the aging process.
Learn more about the Wines of Provence:
Domaines from the Fete du Vin Tastings:
DOMAINE LE GALANTIN
690 Chemin Galantin
83330 Le Plan du Castellet
PH: 04 94 98 75 94
on the web
Pierre Bunan / Claire Bunan
Chemin de Fontanieu
83740 La Cadière-d'Azur
PH: 04 94 98 58 98