A unique collection of ancient grape varieties from the Pays Loudunais in the heart of the AOP Saumur Nord Vienne appellation.
The plot in the heart of the village, ideally situated at the foot of the donjon, benefits from sunshine favorable to vine growing. 500 vine plants of 50 wine grape varieties, planted as classic vines with reds in the upper part and whites and rosés in the lower part. All the grape varieties in the collection have been identified and certified. An area is also reserved for table grapes planted on trellises, as well as an arbour.
Accessible to all, an educational pathway with explanatory panels made of robinia, allows visitors to find the name of each grape variety, its history, provenance, characteristics and also grape-based recipes and anecdotes.
The vineyard lodge, where the winegrower could take shelter, is also a place of conviviality. It now houses an original exhibition of photographs on the theme of family vineyards. The kiosk of the wine press, and relaxation areas in locust wood created by the agents of the Pays Loudunais Community of Communes, give the whole an authentic cachet.
A unique collection of ancient wine varieties typical of the Pays Loudunais certified AOP Saumur Nord Vienne. 500 grape vines of 50 different varieties of grapes. The conservatoire is designed as a recreational and educational area with information boards, which enables visitors to identify the name of the wine, its history, its origin, its characteristics as well as wine-based recipes and anecdotes.
A very late grape variety, Othello can be harvested as late as All Saints’ Day. Some “old-timers” claim to have harvested it under the first primas of winter. – The grape-picker’s word
Above all, you mustn’t put any sulfur on the vines before flowering, or the fruit will literally “run”. – A winemaker’s word
Othello’s low-alcohol wine nonetheless possesses an asset well known to locals. Cut with water or cooked for a long time, it doesn’t lose its taste; this makes it possible to make jams or even low-alcohol beverages that keep the fruit’s flavor intact: mijet in summer and routie in winter. – Parole du cru
Although banned just before the war, Othello wine continued to be produced in the country’s small family vineyards. The inevitable routie was the order of the day in every peasant home in the region. Cuttings were often taken from the gardens to continue designing the formidable jellies. – Parole de terrien loudunais