As the French saying goes, “La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin – (life is too short to drink bad wine).”
At NG Art Creative you will be invited to visit local vineyards and sample some of the finest Côte de Provence Rosés of the region. This is your chance to become a wine aficionado, mature your palate, and discover which variety makes you tick.
The vineyards are just a stone’s throw from the Moulin de Gréoux and we often find ourselves heading to one of the grenobles in late afternoon, to purchase a delicious bottle of wine to complement our dinner.
Provence may only be a small region, but its impact on French viticulture has been profound. As the oldest winemaking region in France, viticulture has played a major role in the life and culture of Provençal natives for over 2000 years.
The name alone conjures up glorious visions of sun soaked afternoons among the lavender fields and olive groves sipping on some of the world’s finest varietals! The only region in the world to focus its palate on rosè, Provence is home to a dedicated research institute focusing on the quality and style of its production.
Côtes de Provence
Viticultural Provence is divided into 9 main regions or AOC (Appellation d’Origin Contrôlée). Among the largest and most familiar of these is the Côtes de Provence. Producing around 75% of the region’s wine, 89% of which is rosè, it is one of the most diverse in France.
The last Massif before the Mediterranean Sea, the Alpilles is dotted with boutique wineries, as well as larger, established Provençal institutions such as the beloved Chateau Romanin, Domaine de la Vallongue, Domaine Milan and Mas de la Dame.
With a unique terroir, shaped by nature into a fortuitous ‘V’, the Alpilles is amongst Provence’s most historical and picturesque regions, and has since become one of its most renowned wine producers. Uniquely cultivated blends of red, white and rosè can be found growing on the rugged slopes, favoured for the originality of the rich soil and temperate climate.
Chateau la Coste
Located one hour from Maussane, Château La Coste is a vineyard where viticulture, art, sculpture, architecture and philosophy live in harmony. Artists and architects are invited to the domain to create work en plein air, to be exhibited in the vineyard’s sculpture park.
Constantly evolving and encompassing the vineyards entirety, sculptures by the likes of Antony Gormley, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Frank Ghery, Ai Wei Wei, Tom Shannon and Tatsuo Miyajima are scattered throughout the domain.
Alongside the sculpture park, lies the Tandao Ando Art Centre, a space conceived in the architectural form of Japanese masters, creating an extraordinary experience of light, space and nature. Exhibiting the likes of Ai Wei Wei, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly and Tracey Emin, Chateau la Coste showcases cutting edge contemporary art with an international exhibition program.
NG Art Creative participants will have the opportunity to wander and roam through the wooded hilltops, vine filled valleys and picturesque olive groves as they breathe in the creative spirit of Provence and sample the wines.
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