I contacted the Domaine via their website before I travelled to France. I'd tried Virgile's wines on the Naked Wines website in the UK and I was keen to meet the man behind the wines.
They offer a number of wine tour packages. We opted for a tour of the winery, followed by a tasting and then lunch at the restaurant over the road from the cave, Le Pressoir.
I do speak some french having learnt it for 7 years at school, but all correspondence was in English and when we met the team in France, everything was conducted in perfect English.
The tour took us around some of the beautiful vineyards, onto the winery and then finally to the tasting rooms. Despite it being the harvest, Virgile was kind enough to spend quite a lot of time with us. He let us taste some of the 2 day old grape juice which was surprisingly sweet and very refreshing. We also tried some that had been fermenting for a few days.
We were allowed to try all the wines in his range and there were no thimble-sized measures either. All the wines were delicious and very distinguished.
The whole experience was really, really great. Perfect for both those who have a keen interest in wine production and also for those who are complete novices. We learnt a great deal about wines and grapes of the Langue-Doc region and also about the principles of producing biodynamic wines. The whole region was absolutely stunning and I left feeling very, very jealous and wanting to sack my job in and move to France!
The meal at Le Pressoir was fabulous also.
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