3–4 August 2013
Over the weekend of 3rd – 4th August wine-loving locals and tourists will descend on the market town of Gaillac to celebrate the region’s 35th Annual Wine Festival hosted at the Chateau Foucard.
Known as one of France’s premier wine regions, with the first vine plantations dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, the town of Gaillac itself is located just 10 km from La Durantie, making it an excellent local attraction.
The town square, which you’ll often find occupied by intense games of boules played out by locals (who may let you jump in if you’re brave enough), is home to numerous excellent cafes and brasseries, which serve as the ideal location to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the world go by.
In recent times the town has steadily become increasingly popular thanks to the critical acclaim its wines are receiving, with wine aficionados worldwide enjoying the many varieties that are grown here.
Predominantly grown in three specific areas (the gravelly, sandy terraces on the left bank of the Tarn, the hillsides on the right bank and the Cordais plateau) the region’s diverse range of grape varieties yields many different types of wine, with white, red and sparkling all available.
Throughout the festival numerous local wine growers will be displaying their current vintages (and of course sharing their selection of wines!), whilst there is also live music, displays, fireworks and a dinner and dance to enjoy. Down the road at La Durantie, the same much loved L’Art de Vivre’ of Southern France including the local gastronomy and wine-tasting underlies the vision for the unique Country Club. And with further plans at La Durantie to reintroduce vines on the chateau estate, the festival is the perfect platform for future home owners to sharpen their knowledge of the local vines!
Once the tasting is finished, for a top La Durantie tip we’d recommend dropping in to Vigne en foule (www.vigneenfoule.fr), a lovely brasserie owned by a small group of wine makers, with a well-stocked cellar which is home to some of Gaillac’s finest wines.