On this Thursday I can't help but look back at my recent trip to France. Yes, I have some catching up to do and I promise to deliver a full recap post for both France and Tulum but until then here are a few pictures from our afternoon in the vineyards of Provence.
We spent this day at Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the first region to gain AC (highest grade) status in France. The wine region was named after the "new papal home," referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. There are 13 allowed varieties in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and about 97% of the wines here are red.
The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
The moment we entered this region we were flooded with stunning views of vineyards. I was definitely in wine heaven!!
So ladies, when was the last time you let yourself get lost in the beauty of your destination?