Although a fair distance from Provence I thought this wine making facility in Bordeaux was really interesting. A company by the name of Crushpad (crushpadwine.fr.) runs a wine making operation targeting individual wine enthusiasts who want to create their own cuvées from the region.
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Vatmaker Marc Nomblot has been selling his concrete tanks for over 20 years but he only introduced the egg in 2001. These egg-shaped vats are now all the rage especially with biodynamic winemakers. For the uninitiated biodynamism involves bringing spiritual and holistic elements into the winemaking process.
Until 19 September 2010 Arles. After 20 years of archaeological digs, led by Luc Long, in the Rhone River, treasures have been unveiled at the Musée d’Arles Antique. www.arles-antique.cg13.fr
The 16th Annual fair opens its doors in Arles from November 26-30th, 2009 from 10 am - 8 pm daily. Discover antiques, pottery, santons, wines and find foods from local producers like goat cheese, honey, cured meats, olive oil, Camargue rice and salt. Have a look at the website to spot which of the 150 exhibitors you don’t want to miss. www.provenceprestige.com
Olive oil based soaps have been manufactured in Marseille since the 17th century. The city once had a monopoly in the soap making industry and supplied all of France and it’s colonies. Using local ingredients which included olive oil, salt and salicorne ashes from the Camargue, the trade grew both in Marseille and neighbouring cities.