Chapter 1 – From Quantity to Quality

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The Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon by Wendy Gedney – Chapter 1

I remember the first time I came to the Languedoc-Roussillon.  It was the summer of 1990 and in those days I could hardly be described as a wine connoisseur, in fact quite the opposite. Yes I liked to drink wine but my taste had not developed beyond a glass of good Sancerre. It was a family holiday that brought me to the region, I was attracted by the Mediterranean climate and the ‘good value’ accommodation and my husband was attracted by the wine. He was the wine buff in the family and had heard that the wines of this region were undergoing great change which he wanted to discover for himself.

L’Ancienne Cave – A New Vin en Vacances Project

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2017 was a wonderful year for Fisher and me. We met in January and very soon knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and so Fisher came to live with me in France.

The village where we live is in the Minervois district of the Languedoc-Roussillon and we think its one of the most beautiful in this area. Three doors down from our house is an old winery that was abandoned many decades ago. It has slowly crumbled but still stands proud amidst the decay.

It was Fisher who fell in love with the old building first and his dream to convert it into a home gradually became mine too. It took some time but in October 2017 it became ours and now we are excitedly planning the renovations which will begin this year.

We have realised that this beautiful old building could be the perfect place to hold food & wine adventures and so we plan to make The Old Winery a place for customers and friends of Vin en Vacances to spend time with us. We will reveal more of our ideas as time goes by and the renovations take shape and we hope you will follow us on our exciting project.

Wendy & Fisher

My Book is Sold Out!

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The Wines of Languedoc-Rousillon

Not that long ago I knew very little about wine. Fate brought me to the subject and opened up a new life for me, one I never imagined living and one that introduced me to people that I could never have met in my old life. And it brought me back to the Languedoc-Roussillon, this magical and very special place where I now live surrounded by vines and earning my living from and with them.

Wine Cellar Dinner Party

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New to our range of offerings this year is our Wine Cellar Dinner Party and as with all new products there has to be a premier and this week we welcomed 14 wonderful people for the first time into the wine cellar at Domaine de la Senche in La Livinière.

Walking in Languedoc

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One of the attractions of the Languedoc is the walking and hiking in this beautiful region. I came to live here in 2009 and chose the Minervois as the ideal place to base myself and my vineyard tour business as it’s a hop, skip and a jump to Carcassonne where many of my clients base themselves. It is also a tranquil place to live, surrounded by vineyards and tucked beneath the Montagne Noire where there are many places to walk and hike which is one of my passions.  This year I decided to create a new tour that invites fellow wine & walking lovers to join me on one of my favourite walks and I’ve dubbed it Walking & Wine with Wendy.