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2019, A Landmark Year for AOC Saint-Chinian

by Press Release
February 07, 2019

Come and celebrate the arrival of this year’s must-read and discover what’s going on in the appellation.

320 pages, 250 photos and entirely bilingual!
The ‘Authoritative Book for Saint-Chinian Wine Lovers’ is hot off the press. Two journalists and a photographer with a passion for wine reveal every facet of one of the jewels in Languedoc’s crown. Its history, soils, geology, environment and winemaking techniques are approached in an easy-to-read style, with explanations from specialists, followed by colourful encounters with all of the appellation’s winegrowers. A chapter on wine tourism rounds off the experience.

Official release with authors Florence Jaroniak and Sharon Nagel, Monday 11 February from 12 to 2 pm, over some wine and tapas, Languedoc wine gustarium (hall 7.1 stand M 54).

Stones and water

Perched at elevations ranging from 100 to 400 metres, AOC Saint-Chinian vineyards stretch from the Canal du Midi to the Haut Languedoc national park, with garrigue and maquis woven in between. Mount Caroux looms in the distance, recalling the shape of a sleeping woman - Cebenna after which the Cévennes were named – whilst the rivers Orb and Vernazobres divide the appellation into two large areas: schist in the North and clay-limestone in the South.

Focusing on biodiversity

2019 also marks a milestone for Saint-Chinian winegrowers as they ramp up their agri-environmental credentials. Forty or so estates are already certified organic, High Environmental Value (HVE), Terra Vitis or Nature & Progrès, but the producers’ organisation has commissioned the environmental protection association Ecologistes de l’Euzière to establish a full inventory of the local fauna and flora. The aim is to show the links between nature and winegrowing, gain a better understanding of the issues involved and encourage even more producers to go green.

Did you know? The Saint-Chinian ‘maquis’ is home to a unique species: the gum cistus which produces a resin highly prized by the perfume industry.

New wine tourism activities

As part of the same drive, nature walks aimed at the general public will be introduced, alongside a ‘terroir tour’. Held on Saturday July 20, the day before the Fête du Cru, and on Saturday August 10, wine lovers will be invited to board these ‘vineyard cruises’ to discover the jewels in the appellation’s crown, through landscape interpretations and a wine bar.

The harvests of yesteryear or winery art? Mediterranean gardens or stone huts? Abbeys or chateaux ? The range of Vignobles & Découvertes-certified activities is amazing!

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