The wine harvest in Provence is in full-swing and this past weekend we were lucky enough to witness a ceremonial “first-press” in the village of Le Beausett.
The village’s annual Fête de Terroir, which showcases local products from the region, took place on Sunday and included villagers in period costume, folk dancing, and samples of freshly-pressed grape juice.
Also featured were local wines, charcuterie (ham & salami), and regional desserts ranging from pâtes de fruits to calissons. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… these villagers really know how to party.
The grape harvest will continue through October with many opportunities to either take part in the process, or celebrate “the take”. For the time being, I think we’ll be doing more of the later, but if you’re in Provence, make sure to check out the website Routes des Vins de Provence (in French & English).
Thirty-three wine routes have been “mapped” to guide tourists through the vineyards of Provence. The routes include 350 wineries around the region and the site regularly advertises local festivals and tasting events.
Another great site which takes us to the “other side” of Provence (from where we live) is Vins des AOC Ventoux (in French & English), featuring Rhone Valley wines which are produced around Mount Ventoux.
Whether you’re enjoying Provençal wines in the region or simply at home… bonne dégustation!