Many people dream of owning a vineyard. Some imagine it would be a charmed life, filled with romance, fabulous food, wonderful wine and interesting people. Few consider the risks, or reliance in that sometimes fickle bitch known as mother nature. Crazy weather patterns, flooding, drought and un-seasonal frost can be devastating, wiping out months of backbreaking work in an instant.
Chateau de Roquefort in Provence experienced such a kick in the teeth from mother nature last year when on July 1st, 2012 a devastating hail storm tore through its 24 hectares of vines with such force that in 7 short minutes not a single bunch of grapes was left intact. I cannot imagine the feeling Raimond de Villeneuve must have experienced as he assessed the heartbreaking sight of ruined fruit and ravaged vines, it seemed all was lost.
In the days that followed friends and neighbors stopped by to assess the damage. As one after another offer up grapes to help Raimond he suddenly found himself the head of a group of vintners stretching from Provence to the Northern Rhone that formed a brotherhood in the face of natural disaster. These 35 different estates formed a bond of friendship, solidarity and strength to create GRÊLE 2012, a rosé wine made from a blend of terroir, grapes and unity. Two red wines and a white where also created and will be released later in the year. Other generous donations to the group included refrigerated trucks, meals, package design and other necessities to make this special cuvee possible. GRÊLE is a wine that is more than a blend of culture and tradition, it’s a wine with the heart and soul of an incredibly inspirational group of people.
The rose is now available in the NYC area, it’s a truly refreshing blend full of bright berry flavor that is the perfect wine to sip on a warm evening. Enjoy a glass with friends and share its story behind strength in the face of adversity!
The estates- CHATEAU STE ANNE – DOMAINE DE ST. BACCHI - DOMAINE DU BAGNOL - DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE – DOMAINE LES BEATES - CHATEAU DE BEAUPRE - DOMAINE DE LA BEGUDE – DOMAINES BUNAN - DOMAINE DU COULET - DOMAINE LA FOURMENTE - DOMAINE DE GAYOLLE - DOMAINE HENRI MILAN - MAS JULIETTE - CHATEAU LACOSTE - DOMAINE SAINT-LOUIS JAYNE - DOMAINE LES LUQUETTES - CHATEAU LES MESCLANCES - DOMAINE DE LA MONGESTINE - DOMAINES OTT – CHATEAU DE PIBARNON - DOMAINE PINCHINAT - CHATEAU PRADEAUX - DOMAINE DE LA REALTIERE - CHATEAU REVELETTE - DOMAINE RICHEAUME - DOMAINE SORIN - DOMAINE LA SUFFRENE - DOMAINE DE SULAUZE - DOMAINE TEMPIER - DOMAINE LES TERRES PROMISES – DOMAINE DE LA TOUR DU BON – DOMAINE DU TRAPADIS - DOMAINE DE TREVALLON - CHATEAU VIGNELAURE - DOMAINE DE VILLENEUVE - ET CHATEAU DE ROQUEFORT (with 15 kg)
The whole story- http://www.deroquefort.com
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