Mon 18th February, 20197:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Doors: 7:15pm)
The wine producing areas in the South of France is an enormous region, stretching from Montpellier to the Pyrenees. On the south is the Mediterranean, and the northern border is mountainous. However even the AOC regions are not well known, and it used to be a region renowned for demonstrations by vignerons. However the increasing popularity of wines from the new World caused the wine regulators to release the region from many of the restrictive practices common to other wine regions. The purpose was to stimulate innovation.
The result, some two decades later, is a region with a growing number of good value wines, and a focus on quality, rather than quantity.
Grape Varieties & Vineyards
Wine law changes has caused high quality, low yield vineyards on mountain slopes, that were abandoned when phylloxera hit the region, to be replanted.
The most popular quality red varieties are, as in the Rhone valley, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, all hot climate varieties. But there are now mountain vineyards growing Pinot Noir. Good quality Chardonnay is produced and there are vineyards dedicated to white varieties native to the south of France, such as Picpoul.
Moreover there the region produces fortified wines; white from Muscat and red from Grenache. And one region insists it was, and is, the first producer of sparkling wine.
This tasting is an opportunity to taste a range of wines from the South of France, and to learn more about this increasingly good value region
As usual there will be some quality breads and cheeses.