Chateau de Flaugergues in Montpellier: wine, history and passion

Let me tell you first: I am totally overwhelmed by the abundance of wine in South of France and now understand, because I have seen it for myself, why France is the biggest wine producing nation on the globe. I am currently in South of France, in the wine growing region of Languedoc, and wherever I look there are grapes. You cannot not see grapes, you know what I mean?

Red wine selection at Chateau Faugergues

Red wine selection at Chateau Faugergues

Three reasons for visiting the Chateau

When I arrive at the airport of Montpellier and miss the bus shuttle into the city I grab some leaflets from the tourist information and, immediately, immerse myself into the world of wine. I actually suffer from an immediate shortness of breath by the sight of all the wine estates in the leaflets. I only have a couple of days in South of France before heading to work on the vineyard! I will never get to see even a tiny percentage of all the caves! What shall I do? I can’t stay longer! Or can I? It takes me a while to come back to normal breath, to remind myself that I am on holidays and that I shouldn’t stress about the abundance of possibilities but rather take responsible action and try to make a decicion. So I do. I choose to visit Chateau de Flaugergues for three reasons. a) I have never been to a Chateau, b) it is in the city of Montpellier, c) they mention free wine tastings on their website. I admit not the most wine connaisseur type of reasons but good enough for me. And looking back at my time at the Chateau, I must say: It was well worth it. Read on to find out why! Continue reading

Wine region Rheinhessen – some impressions

Wine region Rheinhessen is rolling hills territory. Here are some impressions of the scenery from my stay at the wine estate Brühler Hof in early August.


Where to enjoy wine in the Saale Unstrut wine region

Walking past a huge poster of the Saale Unstrut wine queen, I truely wonder why I didn’t come here much earlier!Saale Unstrut Weinkönigin

The Saale Unstrut wine region is easily accessible from most parts of Germany, the city of Naumburg is the regions’ main town and can be easily reached by regional and inter city trains. From Berlin it is merely a two and a half hour train ride and you are right in the middle of rolling wine hills and rustic wine bars. How cool!  So, knowing how to get there, what else is there to see and do? Enjoy my list! Continue reading