Words and images by Kim
A bit more of a plant related trip to France…. we are allowed to class wine as a plant based trip, right? OK…. Let’s call it research for our new venture Marchtown, a little wine shop coming later this year 😃
Bordeaux is a gorgeous city, bursting with history and lovely architecture… a buzzing restaurant and cafe scene.. and of course, delicious wine!
The plan was to visit some Chateaux, learn a bit about the production of wine and taste the result!
Every trip has a centre around flowers and the natural world… I can’t help it, it’s in my blood! I’m pretty sure if I was a super hero I'd be a friendly version of Poison Ivy!
Roses…. I quickly noticed that every sprawling field of vines had little splashes of roses at the end of each row…. what a beautiful way to signal the condition of the vines… if the roses are happy, the vines are happy.
When we reached Chateaux number 2 (of 5!) I became increasingly interested in the barrels…. yip, the barrels. Every chateau we visited had hundreds of French Oak barrels, they use these barrels for a limited amount of time to mature the wine and then sell them on to other businesses including whiskey, sherry, beer and other wineries.
My interest was founded out of a concern about the number of Oak trees that they are chopping down to produce such a large number of barrels….. I did a bit of surface research, the French are apparently very good at sustainability of their forests, dating back to the 16th century. Pretty much down to the volume of wood required in the wine industry.
I remain keen to do some more research into this….. Next trip…. the french oak forests…. which I think might be somewhere near the Champagne region 😉
Before I go… a wee shout out to two highlights of the trip… Chateaux Pape Clement with the amazing glasshouse where we had some lunch, built by Mr Gustave Eiffel!…. and the amazing restaurant La Tupina, best steak ever!