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Stomp Some Grapes in Provence at Les Pastras

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull:

If you are in Provence and looking for something different to do—in between touring Roman ruins and visiting hilltop villages—I’ve got the answer: Kick off your shoes, climb into a huge oak barrel filled with grapes, and start stomping. That’s what Provence WineZine photographer Pamela O’Neill and I did earlier this month when we visited Les Pastras

…Continue reading here for Susan’s post on a fun day of grape crushing the old-fashioned way – with your feet.

Les Pastras is owned and managed by Johann and Lisa Pepin, a dynamic couple, who settled in Provence after busy careers in the United States. Les Pastras is a small organic farm in the Luberon, with grapes, olives and truffles. Click here to read the backstory on how the couple moved from corporate jobs to agriculture and promoting gourmet truffles.

Sadly, the grape crushing season is over for this year (watch for 2017 dates on Perfectly Provence social channels). However, Les Pastras truffle hunting tours will be starting again soon in late fall and early winter.

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Susan Newman Manfull

Susan Newman Manfull

It was love at first sight when my family and I arrived in the charming village of Lourmarin for a short vacation, nearly 20 years ago. We returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the next thing I knew we were planning a much longer sojourn in that village and making arrangements to enroll our daughter in the local school there. That led to buying a maison de village— actually two, then a courtyard, a parking spot, and a bergerie— in our favorite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavor to blend in with the crowd at Café Gaby.

We no longer own property in Lourmarin, but we continue to hang our hats there frequently and gather fodder for our souls and for The Modern Trobaors and Provence WineZine. There is never a shortage.

The Modern Trobaors , conceived in 2008, is about all things Provence: its markets, hilltop villages, lavender, art, literature, culture, history, food, wine, and news. Provence WineZine, launched in August 2014, focuses on wines from the regions of Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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