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Languedoc Day – Intro to Languedoc

November 10, 2011 is Languedoc Day and a lot of people are looking for some basic information about the region.

Love that #Languedoc Day

This website is devoted to a beautiful stretch of wine country on the Mediterranean coast of the south of France. It’s called the Languedoc. It’s sun-drenched, hilly and has some really amazing landscapes. It’s perfect for winemaking. That’s why humans have been making wine in this part of the world for thousands of years. Before we had fertilizers, drip irrigation, pH tests, and yeast cultures, people could grow deliciously ripe grapes, stick them in a clay amphora and make wine!

Today, this region is one of the largest wine producing regions on earth. And more and more winemakers like me are devoting themselves to produce quality wines. We hope to gain recognition for this region with our wines, and it’s really cool to see so much interest in Languedoc Day!

What to do on Languedoc Day

Maybe drink a little Languedoc wine.  Talk about with your friends.  Watch some Languedoc videos on this site.  Follow some Languedoc winemakers on twitter.  Or check out some other Languedoc winemaker blogs.  Like some of our vineyards on Facebook.  Have a glass and enjoy yourself!

Intro to the Languedoc Videos

Here’s a little video I threw together. It was super windy outside so we went into the winery. But we can’t complain too much! That wind has protected our grapes from mildew and rot for thousands of years. :) Anyway, sorry you can’t see the fall colors on the vines.

The video is kind of rambly, but that’s me so get used to it. :)

I’m actually reminded of the very first video I made for this website.  Why am I so obsessed with this region?  What is it about the Languedoc that inspires people so much?

“Love That Languedoc” Introduction English from Ryan O’Connell on Vimeo.


Languedoc Day

If you want to participate in Languedoc Day, it’s as easy as signing up on the eventbrite page. And there are some other tips about how I’ll be spending Languedoc Day on my personal vineyard blog.

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Wine Tourism at the Grenache Symposium – Love that Languedoc

A subject that came up a lot at the Grenache Symposium was oenotourism, or wine tourism.  The idea is that tourism creates potential fans and potential ambassadors of your wine.  If there’s one thing better than somebody who drinks your wine, it’s somebody who gets all their friends to drink your wine too!

So there are two little clips I want to show.

In one clip, Reva K Singh discusses the possibility of creating a capital for Grenache.  By creating a sort of Ground Zero for Grenache, she can motivate her readership in India to travel to that capital with the specific goal of tasting delicious Grenache.

We talked about a lot of different areas that were viable candidates to be the “capital” of Grenache.  While I want to say it’s the Roussillon or Catalunya, I understand that we can’t hog all the glory in the Languedoc-Roussillon.  It might actually make more sense to favor an idea that the Mediterranean is the “capital” of Grenache.  Mediterranean vacations speak to people all over the world as a sort of luxurious vacation spot.  That high-profile can benefit the grape more than just saying the name of one city or one specific appellation like Chateauneuf du Pape.

Maybe this is a place for umbrella brands like Sud de France.  That name is a lot catchier than Languedoc and it encompasses a lot of the Mediterranean wine producing regions.  But then maybe it would alienate our friends in the Priorat and other Grenache producers who don’t consider themselves French.

I wonder if Australians, Americans, South Africa and everybody else producing delicious Grenache far from the Mediterranean would be okay with this idea.

Then Robert Joseph had an interesting bit to say about the lack of well-developed wine tourism in France.  And this hits home.  We really have a responsibility to set up an infrastructure for tourists who want to come to our country and taste wine.  It’s our responsibility!  I might translate this into French, because it will do more good in French than in English.

But anyway, Joseph talks about how French wine tourism is lacking and how we can learn a lot by observing Lafitte’s efforts in China. There’s money and power in tourism.  It could be a major source of income for winemakers in the near future.

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Birds fly south – Love That Languedoc, Nota Bene

Une migrqtion d’étourneau!

A bonus episode.  A little while ago, I was eating lunch with some folks at the winery and this huge starling migration swept in over the vineyard.  The birds were gorgeous, forming amazingly intricate yet simple sheets of black in the sky above us.  Worth going to full screen:

So ya, I ran outside with my Flip and filmed this big bird migration and it was awesome.  I gasp with delight at one part, but otherwise this is no comment news.  Just appreciate the wildlife as it sweeps across the vineyard on its journey south. I got mud all over my fancy shoes just for y’all.

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