Firstly, here is the location of this vineyard on Google Maps as I struggled to find an address after we left, but manage to find them again after a bit of searching! http://bit.ly/nZ1TbN
We went to St. Emilion to take in the beautiful scenery, hoping to stop in & buy some wine. We'd heard that cellar doors and tastings are not common in the area which we found to be the case. However, we stumbled across this winery on our drive, & were so happy we stopped in. We'd managed to walk straight into the most accommodating people we'd met while traveling. Michel and his wife Michelle run this small, passed-down-through-the-family vineyard. They have set up a degustation (tasting) room, and cellar door for visitors such as us! Michel was a retired professor to which he explained his English skills (not fluent which led to some hilarious conversations & was better that our non-existent French!)
He ushered us in, saying he had just finished picking for the day (I believe they hand-pick), and showed us the vats of fermenting grape juice. Then he took us to the cellaring room, telling us what light the wine preferred. Next his wife, who he had been calling, turned up! She had been picking mushrooms! (I mean honestly, it was like we'd hit some kind of rural French real tourism jackpot). My sister had mentioned that we were visiting this area of France because her fiance (who was surfing) wanted to visit Soorts-Hossegor which left us to day trips by car. Michel must have asked Michelle to bring the name of the river as he couldn't recall it. Michelle came with a crate full of walnuts for us, and...print outs of a You Tube screen shot of a river nearby that creates a surf-able wave on the incoming tide (I could not make this up!) for my sisters absent fiance! Michelle's English was again, better than our French but it was not as fluent as Michel's which led to some charming conversations.
They showed us a little building that housed the oven that used to bake bread for the entire district. I've only found one other review that mentions this winery online & it also mentioned being shown this oven so it must be something that they are very proud of. They also asked how we had found them, which coupled with the things that they had set up for tourists, made me think it would be nice for a few more people to be able to find them so I've popped them on here.
We did not want to leave. I think we all drove away feeling like we had just experienced something amazing by connecting with these beautiful strangers who made themselves immediately feel like old friends.
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