We were invited to see how work is progressing at Domaine FL this morning. Beautifully situated in the heart of the Layon vineyards, this project is nearing the final phase and hopes to open for business in January 2016. The winery itself is impressive with a rather beautiful vaulted barrel cellar and a stunning roof terrace offering views for miles over the valley on both sides. The good news is that the domaine is hoping to launch a whole range of wine tourism activities covering everything from basic tastings, food and wine pairing lunches, picnics in the vineyards, cycle tours, hot air balloon rides and trips down the river. While this project may not be particularly ‘representative’ of your average producer here in the Loire, it’s a breath of fresh air to be consulted by a domaine that is looking to launch activities that fulfill a need and find them open and responsive to suggestions. There’s quite a lot of work to do before officially opening the doors next year but it looks very promising.
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What’s been going on in the vineyards in March?
Growers are rushing to get pruning finished as buds are already bursting. Young vines were at the wooly bud stage about 10 days ago.28 Mar, 2019
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It’s been quite chilly recently so the slow cooked casseroles and stews have started appearing on our dinner table more often.20 Nov, 2019
What we are drinking this week? Exilé 2017 from Lise et Bertrand Jousset
Growers in Montlouis have suffered greatly these past few years leaving many of them in a rather precarious position financially despite their best efforts.4 Dec, 2018
Life in the Loire after lock-down. 24th May. Day 14 of déconfinement.
After the trauma of being breathalysed last night I woke up bright and early and enjoyed an hour listening to the birds with a large cup of tea.25 May, 2020
Life in the Loire on lock-down – Saturday March 14th. The day before.
Yesterday we drove into Tours to collect some paint that we’d ordered and took the opportunity to pop into Les Halles to buy some cheese for the week.16 Mar, 2020
Life in the Loire on lock-down. 15th April. Day thirty two.
I’d like to report that we are both feeling revived, refreshed and raring to go this morning having had a night off the wine.16 Apr, 2020
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- @LizGabayMW Yes that looks really tasty! about 7 hours ago from Twitter for iPad in reply to LizGabayMW
- @jamiegoode Why don’t people go back to the English graft? Several growers around here say it’s better. about 16 hours ago from Twitter for iPad in reply to jamiegoode
- @FelicityCloake No! It’s a milkshake. The only milkshakes that had ice cream in my memory we’re McDonalds. I think… https://t.co/jjx0JNlu4M 6th Jul from Twitter for iPad in reply to FelicityCloake