Picture Post: Degustation – Wine Tasting: Take 2

I am re-posting this post as the first one was compromised. Apologies if you’ve logged on and thought I’ve already read this! You probably have.

It seems that every few meters along the road there is a wine-producing château, a caveau – cave, a wine co-operative with its huge silver vats awaiting the harvest or a vente de vin – wine sales, sometimes advertised with a hand drawn sign on a piece of plywood. The Languedoc-Roussillon is the largest wine-producing region in the world. The 700,000 acres of vines produce more than one-third of France’s wine. We are doing our best to make sure none of it is exported.

Note the large 'spittoon.' We didn't use it. We swallowed every drop.
The wine tasting room – note the large ‘spittoon.’ We didn’t use it. We swallowed every drop.
Note the satisfied smile.
Left to my own devices in the wine cave – note the satisfied smile.
Vineyards everywhere.
Vineyards everywhere. Murviel les Beziers in the background.
We saw one olive grove and no other crops, just vineyards on every square centimeter of ground.
We saw one olive grove and no other crops, just vineyards on every square centimeter of cultivated ground.
Little baby grapes - a glass of wine in the making.
Little baby grapes – a glass of wine in the making.
Vinyard nr Perpignan, Languedoc region, France...
Vinyard nr Perpignan, Languedoc region, France 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vineyard with Pyrenees in the background.

We bought a bottle or two to enjoy on the terrace.
We bought a bottle or two to enjoy on the terrace . . . .
 . . . . at sunset.
. . . . at sunset.

I will be posting as many pictures as possible this week while the signal here in the South of France is OK after which it will be crummy to nonexistent.

À demain. See you tomorrow.

Tomorrow is here. Am now cracking on with the next post!

4 thoughts on “Picture Post: Degustation – Wine Tasting: Take 2

  1. Iam enjoying your travelogue. The wine country is beautiful, and tasting at the “source” fun. I used to live for 3 years in wine country in Germany, our little house surrounded by vinyards (NOT ours) but we were able to help with the harvest, cutting the grape stalks by hand, tasting the best, and then they were picked up in cartss to be dlivered to to be processed. Irene U
    A long time ago, in the 1940

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  2. 700,000 acres?????????? I cannot even imagine!! Good thing your brother isn’t there with you, we might never see any of you again! Beautiful piece of the planet!

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    1. Every bit of the countryside is covered with vines just coming into leaf. I’d love to see them them ready to harvest. Maybe we will! Bro would love it. The people are so friendly, helpful and polite, even when you murder their beautiful language.

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