This post was written by one of our travelers, Lauren.
A gem in the Côtes du Rhône / Lirac / Tavel wine region of France can be found by visiting the de Lanzac family’s Château de Ségriès. Located off a dirt road in the little Provençal town of Lirac, the estate is run out of an old chateau.
Our group, on the grounds of the château
When we visited this Fall, Anne, her brother Laurent, and her husband & wine-maker Frederic taught us that making wine isn’t about making money. In fact, not at all.
We tasted six of their wines, ranging from Lirac white, Vin de Table rosé, Tavel rosé, Côte du Rhône, Lirac red, and my favorite, Clos de l’Hermitage.
Frederic gaves us a taste of many different Château de Ségriès wines
Our group. Santé!
Every taste brings you a glimpse of what devotion they pour into their creation. The care they take with the vines, the worry that comes with the changing weather, the joy and strife of the harvest, and the careful monitoring of fermentation.
Trying the 2012 – just harvested the week before
Between all the wines, they give the world 250,000 bottles a year.
In the cellars with Anne, visiting some of the vintages
Wine making is an art that leaves such a special legacy…for immediate consumption and for generations to come. However, a downside of providing such joy to others is the hard fact than in a small family run winery, there is not much time to vacation. The group enthusiastically begged our gracious hosts to come to Virginia, yet they reminded us the vines know no break!
Their family home rests just a short walk from the chateau, surrounded by ancient trees and their vineyard. They prepared an amazing lunch for us of traditional dishes. We loved sitting on their patio and enjoying the autumn day. The family pets, Flash, Sara and cat came out to greet as well.
Our group at the farmhouse for lunch
The ladies enjoying the spread
Frederic preparing delicious grilled lamb & sausage
Our leader, K, and Anne
Cheese and fruit salad were the selections for dessert.
Château de Ségriès quickly became my favorite Southern France winery!
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