We begin our assault upon the south area of viticultural France way down in the southern sector, bordering Spain and the glorious Pyrenees, in the Cotes du Rousillon near the city of Perpignan. Our star there is Jean Gardies who makes the most spectacular range of wines in the entire region. He is destined to become a real wine star, not only in France but around the world.
Moving west towards the marvellous walled fortress of Carcassonne is the ancient city of Limoux, home of the discovery of ‘methode Champenoise’. Records show that the art of making bubbles was established here some 150 years before Dom Perignon claimed credit for it in Champagne! This is a must visit as it oozes history and extensive Roman influence.
Onwards to Nimes and Chateau Saint Louis La Perdrix. The local up and coming vinerons are producing excellent and well priced varietal wines, and in the process, changing the face and style of wine in this once down trodden area. Watch this space.
Then into the Cotes du Rhone villages, which are always delightful to cruise around and drift in to the various towns that are so impeccably preserved.
Further north we head to Tavel to taste the most highly regarded Rosé in France the Classic Tavel Rosé.
Swing around to the wonderful and historic Chateauneuf du Pape and the stunning wines of Bosquet des Papes.
Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage beckon and what landscape and history lies in front of you as you drive through these mountainous and ancient towns. What? Another must visit for sure.