Guide at a Glance
Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France
Heritage-History Tour, Lifestyle, Sightseeing, Wine Tour
The wonders of Gaillac
When I tell people that I discovered wine in London they find it a paradox for a French person! The Wine and Spirit Education Trust gave me an uninhibited approach to the world of wine, freed from the clichés that you usually hear when speaking about wine. Without being influenced by French regional prejudices, I could taste wine from the old and the new world, the one next to the other… I also discovered that up till then I merely drank and that now I tasted – an epiphany!
An encounter with winemaking was unlikely coming from Brittany, a region north of 52° latitude so I decided to go towards regions more adapted to their growth, Southwest France. My arrival in a vineyard in March allowed me to watch the vines growing from my window, to cross the winery every day, to be there for the miraculous transformation of the grapes, to watch the luscious product being bottled. And to finish the season on a high with a September harvest event that I organized for seven thousand wine lovers.
I like to think that it was the family habit of traveling when I was a child that gave me wanderlust. And so, when as an adult I got back to France, the vision of rather special “wine tours” was conceived. Speaking to working partners, sommeliers and wine specialists from round the globe the idea took form. They shared with me the view that, globally, the hidden treasures of magnificent vineyards remain to be discovered and so Vin Vigne Voyage is being put together to do exactly that.