Visit Château de Mille
Julie WhitmarshTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Near Apt Visit Château de Mille for Wine and the Castle

Since buying our little place over six years ago, we must have cycled past the huge old barrel at the entrance to the Château de Mille hundreds of times and have always wondered what it is like, promising ourselves that one day, we would go and visit this ancient Domaine. …

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Vendanges Grape Harvest Provence
TasteVirginie Van Der WeesWines and Spirits of Provence

My 4 Favourite Vineyards Near Aix-en-Provence

We have been living in Rousset since 2020. Rousset is a small Provençal village located at the foot of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Therefore, this little haven of peace is a magnificent natural environment just 15 kilometres from Aix-en-Provence. Arriving at Rousset for a French immersion stay with us, you will …

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2022 Grape Harvest Provence
Guest PostTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

2022 Grape Harvest in Provence Showing Promise

This year there has been a severe drought in southern Europe, as several heat waves have hit the countries. In Provence, the whole summer felt like one long heat wave (canicule), with temperatures above 30 degrees mid-September in many locations. As a result, virtually all departments in France experienced some …

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Maison Mirabeau ESG
Maison Mirabeau WinesTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Maison Mirabeau ESG Environment, Social, Governance

2019 marked the tenth anniversary of Maison Mirabeau and the acquisition of Domaine Mirabeau. As Mirabeau started its conversion to organic in 2019, we have a strong desire to be more ambitious. Inspired by the work of Mimi Casteel, botanist and ecologist of Hope Well Wine vineyard in Oregon, Stephen …

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Château Léoube Rosé Provence
Caroline LongstaffeTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Falling for Château Léoube Rosé from Provence

The first time that I tasted Château Léoube rosé was in California, not in Provence. It wasn’t that long ago that rosé wine was hard to find in the USA. Initially, it was often confused with white zinfandel, wine of a similar colour but not similar in any other way. …

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Drought Conditions French Vineyards Ch-Roquefort
Guest PostTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Too Dry! Drought Conditions in the French Vineyards

Göran Boman, the author of The Wines of Provence – Tricolour, wrote the article below. Based in Sweden, far from Provence’s vineyards, he has visited many times, and his knowledge of the vineyards and wines of the region is impressive. Below is an excerpt from an article he wrote earlier …

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Pruning Grapevines in Provence
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Pruning Grapevines in Provence is Hard Work

For grapevines to continue producing high-quality grapes, they need annual pruning. This activity is time-consuming, physical and necessary for the long term health of the vines. Göran Boman, the author of The Wines of Provence – Tricolour, wrote the article below. Based in Sweden, far from Provence’s vineyards, he has …

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2021 Grape Harvest Provence
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Wine Update on the 2021 Grape Harvest in Provence

Late last year I wrote about the challenges for the winemakers of Provence in 2021. Between Mother Nature and some human-caused issues, the harvest seemed to be in jeopardy. 2021 Harvest Shows Promise However, according to updated information, the 2021 wine crop in Provence seems to be pretty good, at …

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Mont Ventoux AOC Vineyards
Paula KaneTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

Mont Ventoux AOC Vineyards Discover the Wines

Harvest or vendanges for wineries in the Ventoux usually takes place between the end of August and the last part of September. For those who don’t know this wine region, AOC Ventoux (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) is a vast area in the southern Rhône with over 150 wineries. And it’s a …

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Vendages 2021 Wines of Provence
Guest PostTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

2021 Challenges for Winemakers of Provence

The 2021 weather disadvantaged winegrowers in France and Provence. Frost, fire, hail and even turtles made it worse. So how will the wine vintage 2021 be after all these worries? 2021 Provence Vintage After a tough 2020, the new year began in the same way. The Covid-19 restrictions continued, as …

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