About 20 years ago when our children were small, we started holidaying in France. Each year we would visit a different region, staying in a variety of campsites, gites, hotels or with friends.
Our introduction to French wine began early on with visits to local supermarkets where we would buy a wine simply because ‘we liked the label’ or we saw the locals buy it and assumed it would be to our taste. We were always disappointed when we returned home and found UK supermarkets stocking mainly mass produced/mass exported ‘New World’ wines. It seemed ludicrous to us that France, our nearest European neighbour and a producer of some really great wines, was largely overlooked by our main supermarket chains. Realising that we were probably not the only people who felt this way we decided to do something about it.
As the years passed we became more interested in the wines and more adventurous in our approach to buying them – visiting local ‘caves’, looking at different grape varieties and trying many wines along the way. As a result of that interest Peter has recently passed the Intermediate Certificate in Wines and Spirits through WSET and is planning to take the Advanced Certificate early next year.
Having bought a small village house in Languedoc-Roussillon, on the border of the Corbieres and Minervois regions, it made perfect sense to specialise in wines from this area. We are constantly visiting local growers and producers in an effort to bring you the best quality wines available. The picture above shows Peter in a vineyard during a visit to see the grape harvest.
We hope you will enjoy our wines as much as we do.
Julie and Peter Watts.
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