As some of you know, I am what is called a “Francophile” . . . i.e., a person who likes all things French. So when I found today’s photo on the internet it immediately took me to
Southern France and the wine country.
The small vineyards scattered in the wine country are usually operated by dedicated individuals with the skills and a passion to carry-on the family tradition for making distinctive wines.
In other wine producing areas like
Germany, Italy or , the scenery may be different, but I’m sure dedicated individuals also carry-on a tradition left by their forefathers. We all enjoy the fruits of their labor. Australia
In the beautiful rolling hills of southern
In the lovely area that’s known as
Where purple lavender flowers, in a mistral breeze, sway
There’s a vineyard making wine the time-proven way
Luscious green vines aligned as in formation
Fruit clusters ready for a taste bud sensation
Picking the prime purple gems will soon get started
And, to the “Cave”, the precious fruit will be carted
There’s lots of mystery hidden within those cave walls
Secret dos and don’ts! Only “le patron” knows them all
Grapes go in and wine comes out. That much we do know
Good Lord willing, the “vin nouveau” will be “Best of Show”
Poem by Herm Meyer
Pays du Vin = Wine Country
le patron - the boss
vin nouveau - new wine
Those interested in the tradition of wine making will find the website Domaine Rouge-Bleu interesting and informative:
It can be viewed in either French or English
P. S.: Say hello to Jean-Marc in his comment column for me.