A Taste of the Divine: Monks and Nuns Making Wine in France

Jennifer Ladonne steps into the mysterious world of the monks and nuns still making wine in France Though scientists debate whether it was the Etruscans or the Greeks who introduced wine and winemaking to France,...

The Stunning Chateau La Coste in Provence, A Photo Tour

One of the great (and surprisingly remote) wonders of Provence is Chateau La Coste, a 600-acre vineyard in the tiny town of Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, 25 miles north of Aix-en-Provence. The vineyard is owned by...

12 Villages to Visit in the Rhône Valley

This is a region rich in pretty villages that have been well-preserved through the centuries Related article: Road Trip through the Rhône Valley TAIN-L’HERMITAGE Wine and chocolate meet at this crossroads of some of the Rhône Valley’s...

Chateau d’Esclans, Whispering Angel, and the Craze for Rosé Wines

Sacha Lichine, Winemaker and Negotiant, has made Château d’Esclans rosé wines the world reference for excellence. "We don’t follow wine trends, we make them," says Tom Schreckinger, Communications Director at Château d’Esclans, Provence. He’s in...

Essoyes à la Belle Epoque: Celebrating a Renoir Centenary

“For me there is no other village like it in the world. There I lived the most beautiful years of my childhood….”  Thus wrote the filmmaker Jean Renoir of his beloved Essoyes in his...

Domaine de Cala: Chef Joachim Splichal’s Winery in Provence

Following a distinguished culinary career spanning more than thirty years in the gastronomic spotlight, chef and founder of the Patina Group, Joachim Splichal, fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning a Provençal winery when he...

Thirst for Knowledge: Wine Immersion Experiences in France

Jeffrey T Iverson reveals the top intensive classes for those who want to be able to do more than navigate the crisp whites and robust reds in their local wine shop, including a luxury...

Earth Day in France: Champagne Focuses on Sustainable Winemaking

Earth Day is right around the corner, and many French vineyards want the world to know about the importance of sustainability in winemaking. From the Languedoc to the Loire Valley, winemakers are working hard...

Pebbles of Wrath: Terroir Theft in the Rhône Valley

Some of the Rhône Valley’s most flavourful vineyards are being fast depleted of their vital stones... Under the grey November sky, Xavier Anglès squats and places side by side some of the red, ochre, orange...

Women in Wine: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in France

In what has always been a male-dominated industry, a new breed of vigneronne is finally emerging – and conquering the world of winemaking one domaine at a time. Patrice Bertrand meets the influential Femmes...