Journey: Thoughts and Reflections along the path. 

Sheldon Haynie
May 22, 2012 | Sheldon Haynie

Further Afield

Jane and I are on a 3 week trip to Europe, and we are doing due diligence, inspecting vineyards, and sampling local wines through Austria, Tuscany and the Cote de Provence, with plans to add the Rhone, Burgundy,Champagne and Belgium next week. Its arduous to navigate narrow, twisty 14th century lanes in the rain in a 21st century vehicle, but somebody's got to do it, and as this is a business trip according to the IRS, we are cheerfully decyphering the addresses and entering them into the GPS. Using the voice entry on a German System with Italian or French placenames with a North American accent has not proven to be trivial. 

What we are learning:

Local wines tend to be served young and  in re-usable bulk containers of 5 liter volume. Jugs to be exact, at price points that are quite reasonable, and there are many more Rose wines that typically found in the US.

Bottling is reserved for older "Serious" wines and the price points reflect that. 

Most of the vineyards we have seen so far are head pruned,  all but one are dry farmed, and they are planted on 1m vine spacing, and perhaps 2 m row spacing. 

Most of the wines are blends, in Tuscany, Sangiovese dominated, in Provence it's Grenache and Syrah. 

Time Posted: May 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM