My husband and I are from being wine connoisseurs but we do like to enjoy a good bottle of wine as often as possible! No surprise then that we take most of our holidays in the south of France, specifically the Languedoc region. Now, as some of you may know there is no shortage of affordable tasty wine to be had from this region, in fact the Languedoc is the largest producer of wine in the country.
We visit almost always once a year, often staying in some pretty gite or other and filling up the fridge and cupboards with great food and, of course , lots of great wine. The last time we were there, in the early autumn, we decide we really should make an effort and discover a bit more about this enormous wine industry. The vineyards are everywhere and the wine was being made literally on our doorstep and yet we really had very little idea about how the wine actually comes to end up in the bottle on or dinner table.
Every trip we use this wonderful Carcassonne taxi service called Aerobus, run by a lovely woman Alison. Each time she drives us to and from the airport she has encouraged us to go on a tour of a winery or at least go and buy some wine directly from a grower. This time we asked her if she could point us in the right direction and Alison went one better and proposed that she take us on a day trip of the local vineyards that she knew well.
It felt very grand to have our own personal taxi service driving us around the countryside taking us from one vineyard to the next, where we would take a stroll through the vineyards or around the winery and then the obligatory tasting of their produce, not that I was complaining you understand.
Although we were only taking small sips of win each time they do quickly ad up and on an empty stomach you can imagine that we were fairly merry by lunchtime and grateful for the picnic that Alison had thoughtfully arranged. I still don’t hold much truck with all that posh wine tasting etiquette but I’m really glad that we’ve learnt a lot more about wine production and what to look for in a half decent wine. I would also like to recommend Aerobus taxis if you ever fancy a day out in the Languedoc.