Yellow Road

Basile, Roman, Gael & Samuel Guibert

Winery Mas Daumas Gassac

Today is a meeting with the last participant of the Yellow Road this year - the legendary winery from France Mas de Daumas Gassac. France has already been represented by winemakers from Burgundy, Nantes, Provence and Bordeaux. Now the region Languedoc.
So, the first results of the project ... Twenty-six participants from Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland ... But most of all there were participants from Italy: Veneto, Friuli-Venezia-Julia, Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria, Sardinia, Sicily ... And even two (special guest ) guest of the road who did not have white wine (or was, but in a small amount), and there was olive oil of the highest quality, and even one guest with red wine.
In total, for the first six months of work, the site was visited by about 70,000 people. Immediately after the New Year, the author of the project will try to organize for his Vilnius friends an amateur wine tasting from the “Yellow Road”. And for winemakers - participants of this competition prizes will be prepared: 3-5 pictures, photos of which will be published here on the site. The winners awarding scheme will be very simple: three, five or six participants, whose wine we like more than other wines, will all be named winners of the competition. And the first issue (gold) chooses a picture that he likes more than others. The second number (silver) chooses from the remaining 2- 4, etc. Those winemakers who have sent their wine for tasting have already been allowed to participate in the competition automatically.

Daumas Gassac Exterior terroir

Landscape with a horse

France’s legendary winery Mas de Daumas Gassac is expanding its presence in Asia and is releasing its latest vintages for 2018.

(press release for 2018, which I saw on the company's website)

Despite its modest designation and location in the South of France, in the Languedoc commune of Aniane, the Mas de Daumas Gassac vineyard is universally revered for its outstanding red and white wines. Out of its 2016 vintage, only 7,500 cases were produced, with some set to be released in spring 2018. The family winery, founded by Véronique and Aimé Guibert – and now run by their four sons Samuel, Gaël, Roman and Basile – has single-handedly rewritten the history of winemaking for the region of Languedoc. Known for a century as a place where only cheap table wines were produced, the Guiberts were instrumental in showing that this region in the south of France could produce world-class wines. For 2018, the winery is presenting its Red Grand Vin 2016, produced with the estate’s new press which has allowed for unparalleled extraction. This wine, produced from 40-year-old vines, has a high freshness, and tastes of ripe fruits such as cassis. To be drunk while young, this is an explosive vintage not to be missed. The estate is renowned for its whites and for 2018, it is releasing its White Grand Vin 2016. It features the Mas de Daumas Gassac white signature: exotic fruits and light sap notes; a fresh finish and a dash of saltiness. This well- carved profile is made up of 8.1% rare grape varieties. Mas de Daumas Gassac’s wines are grown on a “magic” terroir strikingly similar to the best of Burgundy, and cool microclimate gifting finesse and complexity to its vintages. It is here that Véronique and Aimé Guibert, first- time wine-makers, made their home and developed the Mas de Daumas Gassac wines, which are today still grown on 52 small vineyard plots amongst 3,000 hectares of protected forest. Their sons still see to the old ways of winemaking, ensuring that the wine is conceived and aged following European traditions with the highest standards. The estate has earned a rare “cult” status since being founded in the 1970s. French gastronomic guide Gault & Millau hailed the winery as the “Lafite Rothschild of the Languedoc”, and The Times compared its vintages to “Latour”. British wine critic Michael Broadbent ranked its vintages among the 10 best in the world, while wine guru Robert Parker applauded them as “exceptional”. In 1991, the estate also debuted its Moulin de Gassac selection, which was voted the world’s best wine by the International Wine Challenge in London just two years later. These compelling, single vineyard wines are the estate’s range of accessible vintages that combine elegance and freshness, and reflect the Mas de Daumas Gassac philosophy and craft. These are now marketed in 90 different countries.

Basile, Roman, Gael & Samuel Guibert

The questions of "YR" are answered by the Samuel Guibert, owner/winemaker of the MAS DAUMAS GASSAC

1 - What can the readers of the "Yellow Road" learn about the owners of the vineyard MAS DAUMAS GASSAC?

The Mas de Daumas Gassac estate was founded by Aimé & Veronique Guibert in the late 60’s and became the pioneer vineyard for Grands Crus wine quality in the region. Daumas Gassac is now ran by the 2nd generation (since 2000) - Basile, roman, Gael & Samuel Guibert (4 brothers)

2 - You have two vineyards: DAUMAS GASSAC and MOULIN DE GASSAC. Is there a significant difference between them?
The Mas de Daumas Gassac is the original Grand Crus vineyard, founded by Aimé & Veronique Guibert in the late 60’s and pioneer of the fine wine of the Languedoc region. these vineyard are located on the unique and “magic” Gassac terroir, organically farmed since the beginning of the 19th century. Our vineyard is organic because our spirit and our beliefs lean naturally toward respect for and protection of the earth, the environment and nature. No insecticides, weed killers or chemical fertilisers have ever been used at Daumas Gassac. Horse and sheep manure are the only organic supplement enriching the earth. The birds from the hedgerows and the scrub surrounding the vines are our natural pesticides.
Samuel Guibert

The Moulin de Gassac vineyards were founded toward the end of the 80’s from some of the best stony hillside vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean sea (Villeveyrac area), this beautiful area of old vines is known for producing some of the lowest yields resulting in generous, original wines. These wines enable you to discover the fascinating terroir and diversity of our region and offer some of the best value for money wine one can find.
Daumas Gassac Blanc

Daumas Gassac Rouge

3 - What is your favorite wine (red or white)? And why?

The Mas de Daumas Gassac white because it allies everything - explosive aromas, very complex and lengthy palate, freshness and ageability.
Four noble grape varieties, all estate farmed, dominate: Viognier from the Rhône, Petit Manseng from the Pyrenees, Chenin from the Loire and Chardonnay from Burgundy, (20 percent of each) completed with about 15 grape varieties from some of the most famous wine regions around the world. They merge brilliantly to create the outstandingly well balanced white Daumas Gassac. The blend of these 20 grape varieties gives birth to a Grand Vin, pure and fresh, with mouth-watering fruity savours and a voluptuous texture.
Daumas Gassac Emile Peynaud
Daumas Gassac Frizant

4 - List, if possible, a set (gift box) of four own wines (red and white), which, in your opinion, can adequately represent your farm.

Mas de Daumas Gassac rouge
Mas de Daumas Gassac blanc
Mas de Daumas Gassac rosé Frisant
And cuvée Emile Peynaud (only a production of 200 bottles every 5-6 years)

5 - Your vineyards are located in beautiful places. Have you thought about building your own tourist way.. What will be the length of the route? And what attractions in your area would you recommend to visit?

We already have our own touristic & cultural way with most people visiting the Mas de Daumas Gassac estate, usually continue to discover the stunning village of St Guilhem Le Desert (from the 8th century) and magnificent Heart valley.
This can be done in half a day
Ham, melon, goat cheese, fig...

6 - Your Choice for the Yellow Road of white (yellow) wine?
Picture of Daumas Gassac white wine with food
Landscape in Daumas Gassac

Landscape in Daumas Gassac

Team from Daumas Gassac

7 - You can offer the most spectacular view (favorite point) on vineyards or the surrounding landscape.

50 ha of deep and well-drained soil, free of pesticides, fertilisers and chemicals, the terroir of Mas de Daumas Gassac, similar to
the best parts of Burgundy, was rediscovered in 1971 by Henri Enjalbert, Professor of Geology at Bordeaux University, who considered the Gassac valley to be “the ideal and unique terroir to produce a Grand Vin”. The Estate is divided into more than fifty-two
small vineyard plots amongst 3.000 hectares of protected forest.

8 - If it's not a secret, what are your plans for the future?
Further the distribution of the Mas de Daumas Gassac wines throughout the world and continue bringing Excellency to all the wine lovers from our estate.
Roman & Samuel GUIBERT

9 - What is your favorite restaurant in ANIANE? And what would you recommend? Where, in addition to the winery, tourists can try your wine?
Our Favourite restaurant in the vicinity is called “De Lauzun” , located in the little charming town of Pézénas, one star Michelin. Authentic Mediterranean food with a marvellous local wine list.

10 - What kind of platform can you offer for the cultural program Yellow Road: exhibition space, cinema hall, etc. Or do you have your own cultural projects?
We collaborate every year with Cinemed: International festival of Mediterranean cinema. We are also sponsor of the Music festival from our village Saint Guilhem le desert. And every summer we have an evening concert in the estate inviting some international Jazz groups.
For us, it is extremely important to promote our Mediterranean culture, our patrimoine and of our course our lovely wines from Languedoc. We created also a wine festival “Festival des vins d’Aniane” which is becoming bigger every year in order to invite the best winemakers from our village Aniane and showing the quality of our fabulous wines coming from Aniane terroir.

11 - Which white wine producer (from France or another country) would you recommend for the Yellow Road?
Raveneau from Chablis

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project "Yellow Road" and Victorine BABE, export area Manager (Mas Daumas Gassac).
Maria Rossella Bencini...

and her Red Vineyards

As I promised you in the article “Will the Yellow Road through Livorno pass? ..”, the owner of the wonderful Tuscan winery Fattoria di Bacchereto Mrs Maria Rossella Bencini will answer the questions. Fattoria di Bacchereto is located very close to Carmignano. And to Florence only 40 kilometers! ..
Fattoria di Bacchereto is situated on the wooded hills that cover Montalbano. The estate has been owned by the family since the 1920s.
The vineyard area is 8 hectares, olive trees are planted on 60 hectares, and the remaining 90 hectares are forests and chestnut groves. All in all, Fattoria di Bacchereto has about 160 hectares of land.
Alberto Harvest

What distinguishes the production of Fattoria?
Careful care of the vineyard without the use of herbicides, chemical fertilizers or pesticides, traditional winemaking practice without the addition of yeast, when the future wine is aged in small oak barrels of 350 liters.
What grape varieties? .. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Canaiolo, Tuscan Trebbiano, Malvasia del Chianti
About 20,000 bottles are produced annually.
View of Carmignano

Apartments in Fattoria di Bacchereto

Fattoria di Bacchereto has its own apartments, so they can be easily found on TripAdvisor. I could not resist and just copied one of the reviews on this site:
"This is such a beautiful place that we chose it for our wedding. Wonderful reception. Mrs. Rossella is simply charming. They produce award-winning wines (and we understand why), they are absolutely biodynamic. All guests liked their wines, and the lucky ones who stayed overnight They even got a very good breakfast the next day. With very tasty Tuscan sausage, jams, etc. Excellent butter and honey too. The place is beautiful, with a breathtaking view of the valley of Bisenzio. And the rooms are in typical Tuscan style. "
Rossella Bencini...

and Evening landscape with wine (full version)

The questions of "YR" are answered by the Rossella Bencini, owner of the Fattoria di Bacchereto.

1 - The history of creating your favorite white (yellow) wine.
The history of our white wine is very simple: all our white grapes are old varieties of typical Tuscan grapes “Trebbiano Toscano” and “Malvasia del Chianti” coming from an old vineyard 50 years old, so we decided to produce also white wine, as we did with the red, with ancient methods, avoiding chemicals at all..and we obtained a White Wine very structured and refined both at sight and taste

2 - Do you prefer (it's important for you) the color of the wine?

The color of wine is very important because It represents the first thing that we can see.. as it happens for people, also for wines the look is the first thing that affects us .
Our wine, as every good wine, has a beautiful and bright color.. and particularly the colour of my natural White wine is sparkling gold yellow.
Sassocarlo Terre a Mano - Bianco IGT Toscana
Terre a Mano - Carmignano DOCG
Vin Santo di Carmignano DOC
3 - List, if possible, a set (gift box) of three-four own wines (red and white), which, in your opinion, can be worthy of representing your farm.
We produce only four kinds of wine, Red, White, Vin Santo and RedPassito. Each of them rapresent my farm but maybe,the most representative could be the red wine Carmignano Terre a Mano, red wine.. because it is the wine with which I started my hard work with biodinamic approach and we grew up together

4 - Your company produces several wines, olive oil and it seems honey.. ... Did you have a desire to concentrate on one thing?

I love what I do , that’s my agricultural work,so I’d like to do more things, not less… The country side life is a multitasking life, It could be impossible to do only one thing ,and not useful : specialization is typical of industry, and of current era, but the agricultural craft must not follow the laws of mechanical and chemical industry, because it deals with the nature.. that is living … so it must free itself from a mechanistic vision and rediscover a vision linked to the reality of natural phenomena, that are complex and have their own laws that’s impossibile to change.
Team of Fattoria di Bacchereto: nice,



5 - Your vineyards are located in fantastically beautiful places.
Can a tourist live in your hotel? Is it convenient for them to travel to the famous Tuscan cities?..

Everyday we guide some wine tours here and people enjoy it very much. They can walk around vineyards, hear how we produce different kinds of wines, and taste ours products. It’s a beautiful experience! Tuscany is a rich region and the people that visit it are very lucky!
Yes, tourists can stay in our Fattoria di Bacchereto: we have some simple, fully equipped , typical Tuscan apartments to rent for holidays- the place is very quiet, surrounded by vineyards and woods , and people can visit a lot of wonderful cities ,that are very close, like Florence,(25 km) Lucca, Pisa and Siena but sleeping in a natural oasis!
It’s very easy to travel to the famous touristic destinations : we are located on a hill, but only 6 km.far from the plain, where after 6 km.more we could reach the Autostrada to go everywhere: in one hour we could also go to the sea and the beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi!

6- You can offer the most beautiful view (favorite point) on vineyards or the surrounding landscape?

Beautiful land

7 - Your choice for the "Yellow Road"?

8- What cultural event would you like to see at home: an exhibition, an opera, a ballet or something else? A fan of what kinds of art you are?
I love all kinds of art….Winemaking is an art.. I sometimes hosted several kinds of arts in my farm, the place lends itself especially to theater performances and concerts.

9 - You have a vineyard, there is wine, what would you like to add to this picture? Expand the vineyard, improve the wine, increase sales? If it's not a secret, what are your plans for the future?
The nature is dynamic and full of life, so I’d like to add to wind, clouds and sun also also animals as cows, sheeps, goats and chicken, to recreate a really true to nature, complex, agriculture

10 - Which white wine producer (from Italy or another country) would you recommend for the "Yellow Road"?
I recommend every producer of my group “Renaissance des Appellations” and particularly the Founder of the group, who is Nicolas Joly : he with his family produces a wonderful, shiny as a blade, White Wine in his exceptional vineyard la Coulée de Serrant, located in the Loire Valley of France.

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project
Owner Alina Pinelli and her daughter Stella cooking pasta during a cooking a class

"I am reluctant to write this review because in all honesty, I don't want to share the charm, solitude and magnificent vistas of this place that my wife and I have come to adore and thirst for. Call me selfish. The experience that is Il Fontanaro is, and will always be, at the top of our list and we've been all over Italy. From Lake Como to Sicily this place is without peer. The warmth of the property and surrounding village, the hospitality of our hosts/Owners Alina and Lucia Pinelli, and the relaxed pace of living are everything that you could wish for. This is our second trip here having experienced the cooking class on a day trip from Rome first prompting our desire to return for an extended stay, and what a stay it was. Suffice it to say that we can't get back here fast enough. To borrow a line from a Bradley Cooper movie..."Don't ever change, for anybody"

These are not my words, this is a review of one of the visitors to the estate of Il Fontanaro. I myself was not in Il Fontanaro, so I cannot confirm or refute the words of a culinary school student. Fontanaro has its own wine, but Fontanaro’s specialty is a culinary school and olive oil production.

Still-life from Fontanaro

Evening at Fonte della Pace

Il Fontanaro is an Organic Olive and Grape farm, Villas, Olive Oil Slow Food Presidium and Culinary school
There are few places where you can find serenity, explore medieval hill towns, Etruscan art, and historic cities, and enjoy great food and extraordinarily welcoming hosts. Fontanaro offers all that and much more. The Country slow Living estate has five luxury locations, and can accommodate to more than 50 persons. All have AC, WIFI and infinity swimming pools. They are: Fontanaro, Tartagli, Fontegirasole, Fonte della Pace and Fonte Cicerum.

Culinary school students at work

...and after work

The main Fontanaro estate was built in 1893 and contains a beautifully restored two story stone farmhouse with two separate luxury homes. Located in Umbria, the green heart of Italy on the border of Tuscany, the property is set on 40 acres with 3.000 olive trees and a small vineyard.

In the daytime in the Fonte della Pace

The Entrance in the Villa Fonte Cicerum

The view lends itself to rolling green hills facing breathtaking sunsets and sunrise like a Perugino’s painting. There is a bread oven, a Weber barbecue and a large private Infinity swimming pool with high-performance salt chlorinator (14 x 6m) with a maxi Jacuzzi.

Fontanaro Gold Medal Awards 2016, New York

2018 Gold Medal Awards, New York (please look at the link)

...2016 London

2018 Gold Medal Awards, london (please look at the link)|filter)

Il Fontanaro, view from above

" Our oil is the result of a production of top quality olive groves not comparable to any kind of industrial production.
Plants from which we extract Fontanaro olive oil are grown on sunny slopes, far from factories and traffic congested roads, in an unpolluted natural environment.

We recycle all the garbage and we don’t use any chemicals.
We return the residues of the oil processing as natural fertilizer to the soil.

Our oil has a very fruity taste with bitter and spicy notes and is very rich of unique flavors. In our own mill, the cold press process is applied within 6 hours of the olive picking to guarantee the very best quality oil."

Alina Pinelli

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project "Yellow Road"
Amedeo Modigliani

Alessandro Martelli, owner of the vineyard Azienda Agricola Incontri, shared on the “Yellow Road” information about places in Livorno, the history of which is connected with the brilliant Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani. Amedeo was born in Livorno in 1884. What is now known in Tuscany about the artist?
There is a museum of G. Fattori, which contains paintings by Italian artists, contemporaries of Modigliani. The house where Modigliani was born has been preserved. There is a synagogue built on the site of a synagogue destroyed during the Second World War. Here, it seems, everything ...
Already four wineries from Tuscany are represented on the “Yellow Road”: Azienda Agricola Incontri, Villa Spoiano, MorisFarms, Borgo Casa al Vento. All of them are located at a distance of about 80 - 100 kilometers from Livorno. Soon another great winery will join us: Fattoria Di Bacchereto. Traveling through Tuscany and exploring the route of the “Yellow Road”, if desired, a tourist can easily reach to Livorno. But the list of objects from Modigliani is small. Of course, Tuscany is filled (packed like a treasure chest) with huge treasures: Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca. But even in these Italian treasures you can hardly find paintings or sculptures of Amedeo. Therefore, only here and only now photos from the exhibition of copies of the brilliant painter.

copy of the work of A. Modigliani Jeanne Hebutern against the door,2007, 128,5/79,5

Modigliani in Vilnius

Majoy gallery, Vilnius

Modigliani in Vilnius

Amedeo Modigliani is one of my favorite artists. I arranged exhibitions of copies of his paintings in Vilnius and Riga. Several of my sculptures on the paintings of Amedeo decorated Vilnius Audi saloon and Riga Geneva watch store. Maybe you should try to implement some new project (along with the “Yellow Road”) in the artist’s homeland - apartments, cafes, wine, exhibitions or an unusual museum?
copy (fragment)

copy of the work of A. Modigliani Sleeping Nude with hands outstretched (Red Nude),2007,100/70

An article in "Бизнес & Балтия", Riga,2007

An article in "Вести Сегодня",Riga,2007

copy of the work of A. Modigliani Nude,2006,100/70

In the store "Geneva", Riga, 2007

Audi salon, Vilnius, 2007

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project

In 1967, Martellino Martelli, grandfather of Alessandro, the current owner, bought a farm in the village of Fossoni in Suvereto, thereby starting the family’s agricultural activities. In 1985, Martellino’s son Renzo and his wife Marcella Busdragi began producing bottled natural wines. In 1989, Martellino bought another farm in Incontri a Suvereto, which today gives its name to the current farm. In 2000, Alessandro took over the activities of his parents, and even today he enthusiastically leads the work begun by his grandfather Martellino.

Alessandro Martelli and his orange wine

View of the city Suvereto from the vineyard

The company has a total of 12 hectares of objects, including 6 vineyards, 2 olive groves and 4 arable lands, clay is the main component of these lands, and the company of this precious material contains clay: red, brunette, yellow, blue and green.
Incontri natural wines, depending on these different types of clay, have different and unique organoleptic characteristics.
The Incontri winery is located in Fossoni in Suvereto. Only a limited number of precious bottles of natural wines are produced from a single grape each year. All processing processes fully respect the environment and everything that is part of it is a zero carbon footprint and follow the lunar and planetary calendars. Natural wines are certified organic, vegan and without the addition of sulfites.
The principles of the Earth Charter are the basis for every activity carried out within the company. Permaculture principles apply to planning and overall activity management.
As for crops, the method of dynamic organic farming is used.
City Suvereto night

and day

The questions of "YR" are answered by the Alessandro Martelli, owner of the winery Incontri

1 - You have a vineyard, there is wine, what would you like to add to this picture? Expand the vineyard, improve the wine, increase sales? If it's not a secret, what are your plans for the future?
Certainly we have dreams, I work every day with my family to fulfill our dreams. I promote and support the Charter of the Earth, it is a statement of fundamental ethical principles for the construction of a fair, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. The Charter proposes to inspire in all peoples a new feeling of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, of the great community of life and of future generations. The paper is a vision of hope and an appeal to act. The Charter of the Earth is primarily concerned with the transition to sustainable forms of life and sustainable human development. The Charter recognises that the objectives of ecological protection, poverty eradication, equitable economic development, respect for human rights, democracy and peace are interdependent and indivisible. As a result, the document provides an integral and broad-spectrum benchmark for guiding the transition to a sustainable future.I work my farm with these principles, the most important dream is to always keep these principles, and act.
This summer we have prepared the land to make new vineyard of Trebbiano, there will be vines to make grapes from Orange wine, the vines we have selected my father and I in our vineyards and in the oldest vineyard of Suvereto 1947. Every year from here to 7 years we want to renew a small part of our vineyards with our selections. In the cellar I started for three years to renew all containers in cement vitrified, this allows me to make refinements on natural yeasts longer, so it will increase the longevity and pleasantness of the orange wines, we are proud of the NOISTR wines but We always want to improve them. We want to find two good distributors one for Italy that distributes 5,000/10.000 our bottles and one for the foreign that distributes our 5,000/10,000 bottles.
Alessandro Martelli with his father Renzo Martelli and his mother Marcella Busdraghi

Winery Collage

2 - Do you prefer (it's important for you) the color of the wine?

For me the color of wine is important, but it is not all, must have a good perfume and above all must have a good taste, the orange wine are white wines that have a good flavor that's why we make them.

3 - History of the creation of your BIANCO and how much is a bottle, for example, INCONTRI AMBRA?
My grandfather made orange wine in the years 60 and 70 with macerations from 2 to 7 days, in 2007 was born our first new orange wine, we drank it all in the family. INCONTRI AMBRA was born to have a good white wine and long-lived, after a maceration of over a month ripe for 36 months in cement barrels and/or oak wood, after is aged in the bottle for at least 12 months.
INCONTRI Orange wine


4 - List, if possible, a set (gift box) of four or six own wines (red and white), which, in your opinion, can be worthy of representing your farm?
Family farm from 1957 total 12 hectares of which 6 per vineyard annual production about 20,000 bottles.
We make Orange from 2008 the macerations of the grapes we make them in steel or vitrified cement.
We do bio-dynamic farming next year we will be dating Demeter certified wines.
For the Vegan certification we do not use anything of animal origin in the wine and we do not use any insecticide in the vineyard.
The wines are not controlled by temperature during fermentation, we do not use selected yeasts, we look at the moon and the Stars for the processing, are not made additions of sulphites, are not filtered.

Orange Wines

INCONTRI AmbraTO 2013 Vermentino 80% trebbiano 20% -30 days of maceration 36 months Barrique IGT Tuscan White 30 euro (1050 bottles)

INCONTRI Orange 2016 Trebbiano 100% IGT Toscana Trebbiano 100% -2 days of maceration 18 months Oval Oak Barrel 19 euro (2000 bottles)

INCONTRI Orange 2015 Vermentino 100% -2 days of maceration 24 months barrel of cement vitrified 19 euro (3000 bottles)

LO SFIZIO DI UNA GOCCIA from dried grapes (2008) Vermentino 70% Trebbiano 30% 120 days of maceration 60 months of barrels 40 euro (300 bottles)

Red wines

INCONTRI ROSSO 2015 IGT Toscana Red Merlot 95% -30 days of maceration 24 months tonneau Oak 25 euro (3000 bottles)

INCONTRI RISERVA 2013 Merlot 100% IGT Toscana – 30 days of maceration 60 months tonneau Oak 45 euro (2000 bottles)
Orange wines

5 - And where, besides the winery, can try your wine?
Our Orange wine is located in Amsterdam at Winestories Wine Bar in Rome Enoteca Solovino in Edinburgh wine Cafè Toast Leith in Livorno Osteria La Venezia

6 - Your choice for the "Yellow Road" of white (yellow- your orange) wine? INCONTRI ORANGE,INCONTRI AMBRA?
INCONTRI ORANGE are of Trebbiano and Vermentino grapes, macerated according to the year from 2 to 7 days, they mature for at least 18 months in cement vitrified or oak wood

7 - Can you offer the most impressive view (favorite point) on vineyards or the surrounding landscape?
Favorite Point

8 - Is it convenient to get to your farm from Livorno? Is there a Modigliani museum in Livorno?

Our house is 1 hour drive from Livorno, in the city there is a museum G. Fattori in Via San Jacopo in Acquaviva where there are works by friends artists, examples and masters of Modigliani and also a work of his, visitable on reservation 0586/808001-804847
By appointment you can visit his first house in Via Roma, 38. On the main floor of the house there is a small exhibition of photos, letters, documents and his works, Visitable on reservation 320.8887044
The Synagogue, in Via Benamozegh is not the one that knew Amedeo Modigliani, but it rises in the same place and inside there are furnishings and marbles recovered from the previous destroyed in the Second World War. visitable on reservation 0586 896290

9 - And what are the Venturina terme, which are located 8 kilometers from you?

At the spa of Venturina there are various structures that benefit from the waters already known by the Etruscans and the Romans, called "Aquae Populoniae". They gush at 45 ° Centigrade throughout the year, with constant flow, and are classified as sulphated-Calcic-Magnesiache-bicarbonate-alkinotherrose.

10 - What kind of platform can you offer for the cultural program "Yellow Road": exhibition space, cinema hall, etc. Or do you have your own cultural projects?
For Yellow Road We can offer an exhibition space, in the tasting room of the winery or other premises of the farm, or involve activities in the area that appreciate our wines orange.

11- Which white wine producer (from Italy or another country) would you recommend for the "Yellow Road"?

Gravner Italy

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project
Spoiano - panorama Barberino Val d'Elsa

Villa Spoiano

In the center of Tuscany, in the famous Chianti district between Florence and Siena, you will find the Fattoria Villa Spoiano farm.
This farm is spread over 80 hectares, 25 of which consist of vineyards and 20 olive groves, while the rest are occupied by fields, meadows and forests. The purpose of the farm is to produce high-quality and environmentally friendly products, so they are 100% organic and certified.
During the 17th century, the property was owned by the De Nobili Family. 1934 the villa was purchased at an auction by the Tinti Puccioni family. During the second world war, General Kesselring and his German soldiers occupied the villa that was later on bombed by the Allies destroying part of the lookout tower and many statues of the garden.
Spoiano (terrace) - panorama San-Gimignano

Spoiano - North facade

After the unusually cold winter of 1984/1985, most of the olive trees were frozen and many farms had to b. e sold. At that time, the Swiss oenologist Jan Karel Waspi had visited 43 Farms located in France, Spain and Italy until he found Spoiano and fell in love with Tuscany. December 1985, at the age of 29, he bought the farm and has been working passionately ever since.
The vineyards are at an altitude of about 350 meters above sea level. The land is predominantly of morainic origins and consist of Pliocene sand formation. The climate and the favorable exposures, along with the organic farming practices such as natural fertilization with the dung of the farms own dexter cows and cinta senese pigs, allow the production of pure wines that are a true expression of the terroir.
Most oft he vineyards are Sangiovese grapes, the typical red-grape variety of Tuscany, but Fattoria Villa Spoiano has planted 8 different varieties and produces 9 different labels.
Now here on the farm, you can rent rooms and holiday apartments in the villa as well as in the 4 surrounding typical Tuscan houses which have been carefully renovated to retain their original character but outfitted with all modern conveniences. The rooms and holiday apartments are fully furnished, have a private bathroom and most of them have an independent kitchen. The spacious terrace of the Villa offers a spectacular view of the Tuscan countryside from Barberino Val d'Elsa (Florence) until San Gimignano ( Siena).
And for those who like not only to taste the wine but also to eat, the restaurant is open. Delicious dishes of typical Tuscan cuisine, well cooked and made from own organic products.
Four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), the cook prepares a four-course dinner with homemade vegetables and meat from Cinta Senese pigs and Dexter cows.

The restaurant is open from April to October ...
Jan Waspi

Answers to the questions of "Yellow Road" Jara Waspi, representative of the dynasty Waspi.
Jara Waspi

1 - You have a vineyard, there is wine, apartments, what would you like to add to this picture? Expand the vineyard, improve the wine, increase sales? If it is not a secret, what are your plans for the future?
We are expanding our vineyards in fact we recently planted Vermentino, an Italian white-grape variety. The vines are young and this year (2018) we were able to harvest some grapes for the first time. We are excited about it because the wine looks very promising. We are really looking forward to the coming years, when the vineyard will enter in full production and we will be able to introduce this new wine to clients and wine lovers.

2 - Do you prefer (it's important for you) the colour of the wine?
The colour of the wine is very important, it captures your attention and can tell you something about the wine before you even smell or taste it.

3 - History of the creation of your white wines?
When Jan Waspi took over the farm in 1985, almost all the vineyards were Sangiovese. He had studied in Switzerland and had lot of experience with white wines; he wanted to use his knowledge and decided to plant Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, with great results.

Fattoria Spoiano wines

4 - List, if possible, a set (gift box) of four or six own wines (red and white), which, in your opinion, can be worthy of representing your farm.
As a gift box representing our farm we would choose the following wines:

Chardonnay Toscano: an intense and colourful 100% Chardonnay.
Chianti Colli Fiorentini: A typical Chianti with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot+Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chianti Classico: our 100% Sangiovese.
Sotto la Villa: a blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 months in Oak barrels.
Cabernet Toscano: a wonderful 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 months in Oak barrels.
Vin Santo del Chianti: a sweet dessert wine typical for Tuscany, this is best to be enjoyed with some cantuccini cookies.

5 - And where, besides the winery, you can try your wine?
Besides our winery, you can find our wines in some restaurants and wine bars in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

Chardonnay Spoiano

Barberino Church

6 - Your choice for the "Yellow Road" of white (yellow) wine? Chardonnay Toscano?
Our choice for the yellow road is our Chardonnay Toscano because it is the most colourful white wine we produce. For this wine we do an extended maceration with the skins to extract more colour and aromas.

7 - It takes 10 minutes by foot to reach Tavarnelle Val di Pesa and Barberino Val d'Elsa... What can we see there?
Barberino Val d’Elsa is a typical small medieval town with wonderful views over the Tuscan countryside and a beautiful church.
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa also has some beautiful churches (especially the Badia a Passignano) but is mostly known in the area for the weekly market that takes place every Thursday morning on the big central square.

8 - Florence: 30, Sienna: 38, Volterra: 30, San Gimignano: 20, Monteriggioni: 25, Greve in Chianti: 20, Certaldo: 15, Colle Val d'Elsa: 18, Pisa: 75, Arezzo: 100, Lucca: 100 km...
And how to get to these cities from Villa Spoiano?

You can easily reach these places by car and most of them by bus or train. If it is nice weather, you can rent scooters or bikes as well to reach the close by towns.

Sparkling wine Fattoria Spoiano - Barberino

In the kitchen of the restaurant

9 - Imagine that your guests are two people who like to drink and have a snack ...
So, arrival, breakfast. Then a tasting tour for two and in the evening a grill with wine and a lodging for the night. How much should they pay?

We rent double rooms from 70€/night to 110€/night, depending on the room and the length of the stay. Every Friday at 10 we do a free farm and cellar tour+tasting for the guests of our agriturismo and 4 times a week we organise social dinners with home-grown products for 25€/person. Besides wine we also produce olive oil, vegetables and have Cinta Senese pigs and Dexter cows.

Still life with Cabernet

the continuation of Still life

10 - Can you offer the most impressive view (favourite point) on vineyards or the surrounding landscape?
Barberino town

Vineyards Spoiano

11 - What kind of platform can you offer for the cultural program "Yellow Road": exhibition space, cinema hall, etc. Or do you have your own cultural projects?
Our breakfast and dinner room serves as exhibition space. Every year we have an artist change exhibition. We regularly host groups of painters, artists and sculptors who come to get inspired by the beauty of our countryside.

12 - Which white wine producer (from Italy or another country) would you recommend for the "Yellow Road"?
We would recommend Weinbau Schwarzenbach wines, from Switzerland

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project "Yellow Road". With the participation of Jara Waspi.
Old olive in «Tenuta Chiaramonte»
Chiaramonte Gulfi

This fall we were travelling on the very heel of the Italian boot in Salento region. Cities of Fasano, Ostuni, Monopoli, Carovigno, Brindisi are all surrounded by olive groves.
Olive oil in Vilnius supermarkets is mainly from Spain. And then we‘re used to classifying it into 2 sorts only: too bitter and bitter but bearable. Therefore I had no great interest in olive oil before.
Italian prosciutto, pizza and abundance of pastry in a café famous in that province. Majority of pastry and cakes of all sorts was of Sicilian origin. The town where we stayed is called Torre dell’Orso and the café’s name is Dentoni. The high season was over. On workdays there were no more than 10-15 people bathing on the beach. Air temperature was +23 C, and water temperature was about +23 as well. Numerous villas stayed closed. But on the weekends – even though it was already October, - 150 seats café Dentoni was crowded, just fully packed with locals from neighboring towns. The best testimony of how delicious was their pastry.
When we returned from Italy to Vilnius, there was a surprise awaiting us – a parcel from Sicily with olive oil of Tenuta Chiaramonte!

Old olive in «Tenuta Chiaramonte»

Panorama with olives, «Tenuta Chiaramonte»

Tenuta representative Erik Ini explained it all in details in his letter: “We’re sending you our olive oil in a small package. One of these oils is DPO “Monti Iblei”, of Gulfi zone, which is made by pressing olives Tonda Iblea (we have almost a thousand of those trees, 300 of them are very ancient olives, growing near small town Chiaramonte Gulfi, not far from Ragusa. They’re characterized by a steady fruit scent, a bit bitter and spicy, and typical for Tonda Iblea flavor resembling that of green tomatos.

The other one is DPO Monti Iblei, zone Valle dell”Irminio, made by pressing olives of Moresca and Verdese from 13 000 olive trees, growing in a beautiful valley of Irminio, facing the sea. Its characteristics are fruity scent of middle intensity with a light herbal aftertaste which can be perceived as bitter and spicy as well, with typical descriptor of 2 sorts – Moresca and Verdese – which can be explained by artichoke flavor.
We also included 2 gift boxes which we call “Sicilinabox” where you can find pasta, made of typical Russello grain, tomato sauce of Ragusa style, oregano, capers and a small bottle of DPO Gulfi. On the side of the box there’s a recipe how to cook a Sicilian dish in 20 minutes with ingredients found in the box”

"Tenuta Chiaramonte", Ragusa, Sicily

How olive oil is processed in "Tenuta Chiaramonte" in pictures:

Well, we didn’t hesitate the turn on the cooker. First of all we tasted the olive oil of Gulfi zone to make sure it indeed has a green tomato scent. Yes, it does resemble a green tomato when it comes to flavor. Very delicious. And not bitter. As for Monti Iblei of Valle dell’ Irminio zone it’s more of a bitter taste. This is the olive oil made of olives growing near the sea. But we liked it as well, its taste and even design of the bottles. That day just in few minutes we fell in love with Sicilian olive oil of Tenuta Chiaramonte and even felt a bit of connoisseurs.
It was also the first time we heard about Chiaramonte Gulfi. This is actually the name of Sicilian town which is also called the balcony of Sicily, thanks to its unique panoramic location which allows to view many parts of Sicily: up to Etna in the north, and the Mediterranean sea in the south, as well as Erei mountains in the west. Back to olive oil: I need to note that oil Monti Iblei of Gulfi zone has received numerous national and global awards in recent years.
Well, we cooked the Sicilian dish faster than it was promised on the box.

And here are photos from our olive oil tasting at home in Vilnius. We were taking pictures and checking pasta at the same time. Well, we should have checked the quality of the pictures instead… It turns out that food came first for us, and the arts came second.

«To offer you a high quality organic olive oil we took care of every single stage of production process according to traditions: from sowing to harvesting, from pressing to bottling and storage so that you could enjoy our final product made in harmony with nature.
For us faith in organic production is a dual ethic choice, because it allows us to improve our health and mind the resources of our planet” – this is the quote from the company’s website. We, of course, tried to taste olive oil in harmony with nature as well – nature was represented by my still life Bouquet of gladiolus in the bucket, but that was fragile harmony.

Tenuta Chiramonte has also an hotel, consisting of 12 rooms, located in an oasis of peace and nature with a magnificent view on countryside and coast of Iblei.

The hotel is located in Irminio valley, which gradually descends to the river on one side and to the sea on the other.

There’s another very pleasant addition to the hotel – Le Gramole restaurant.

“A simple and exquisite restaurant which renews its menu every season, Le Gramole ideally fits guests wishing to taste fine dishes with local flavors in a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. It’s a place where everything is designed in such a way that you could spoil yourself and feel at home” Well, I’ll try to illustrate this citation with pictures…

Taking into account that Tenuta Chiaramonte doesn’t produce wine, but olive oil only, I decided to publish this story under category “Special Guests” so that you, dear readers, may know about our new friends from the coast of sunny Sicily.

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project "Yellow Road"
Giulio Parentini

If the map of Italy is now on the table in front of you, then it will not be difficult for you to find the famous region of Italy - Tuscany. Found? On the map, Tuscany looks like a triangle with a base lying on the shore. Seem to be? And nearby is a large island, the largest island of Tuscany - Elba. For its small size, the Elbe is incredibly diverse, it seems that it consists of many small worlds, separated from each other by only a few meters.
It is enough to mention eight communes into which this beautiful island is divided: Portoferraio, Marciana, Marciana Marina, Campo nell'Elba, Porto Azzurro, Rio Marina , Capoliveri , Rio Elba. Each of them looks like a separate small world with its own unique features ...
And from the island of Elba, you can easily get to the shore. But you swim please across the bay straight to the shore, which lies between the cities of Piombino and Punta Ala, to the town of Follonica ... And now you are very close to the winery of MorisFarms, which is only 10 kilometers from the coast.
vineyards of MorisFarms (MORISFARMS S.R.L. SOCIETA AGRICOLA)

For generations the Moris family has dedicated itself to agriculture. However, in the last few years, it has focused its interest and specialised in viticulture. Now it devolves all its attention and care to this, finding in it its greatest rewards. The land’s altitude varies from 80 to 100 metres above sea level. The vines are south-westerly located. The Poggio la Mozza vineyards, are located in the DOC area of “Morellino di Scansano”. The Moris family replanted them for the first time in 1995 and replanting still continues to this day. The whole of the Poggio la Mozza area is hilly, and at an altitude of about 100 metres above sea level. Since 2011 both companies are part of the DOC Maremma Toscana.
Sunset in Follonica

The questions of "YR" are answered by the Giulio Parentini, owner of the winery MorisFarms

1 - You have a vineyard, there is wine, what would you like to add to this picture? Expand the vineyard, improve the wine, increase sales? If it's not a secret, what are your plans for the future?
1. Managing our property and making productive our land has been the Moris Family tradition for over 200 years. My cousin, Ranieri Moris, and I (Giulio Parentini) now have the honor and responsibility to continue this tradition. We own two different properties in two different parts of Maremma, Toscana, which gives our company the advantage of diversity. At "Poggio La Mozza" (the sandy soil estate), we are able to produce 2 fine examples of the Morellino di Scansano d.o.c.g. (both the "classico" version and the "riserva" version. While at our historic property near Massa Marittima called "Poggetti", which is a clay soil estate, we focus our attention on our mineral-rich Vermentino, and our other bold reds like Mandriolo, Barbaspinosa, and our flagship wine, Avvoltore. The goal is always to expand our vineyards in both properties as the times allow, balancing variables like demand, regulations, weather, etc. At "Poggetti", we have an agriturismo called Tenuta Poggetti which contains a large apartment complex and several independent villas, each with private swimming pools. We would like to develop the agriturismo business in conjunction with an offering of wine tastings and wine dinners.

2 - Do you prefer (it's important for you) the color of the wine?
Color is always going to be an important factor for our end-users and so it is a source of our pride that we successfully obtain an intense pink for our rosè, brilliant yellows with some green reflection in our whites, and intense ruby reds.


3 - History of the creation of your BIANCO and how much is a bottle, for example, Vermentino?
Our family has a long history of producing white wines (for as long as we've worked the land), but we introduced our Vermentino in 2003. It was initially produced with 10% Trebbiano grapes. Since 2007, however, a 10% of Viogner has been added to it. It has a fresh, mineral aroma, excellent with shellfish and fish in general, as well as white meat like rabbit, pork, and roast poultry. We sell Vermentino by the bottle in our cantina for 9 Euro.

Barbaspinosa - Monteregio di Massa Marittima

Mandriolo Rosato


4 - List, if possible, a set (gift box) of four or six own wines (red and white), which, in your opinion, can be worthy of representing your farm
We have wooden gift boxes for an elegant display. The wines I would recommend for representing our farm would be:

Avvoltore IGT Toscana
Morellino di Scansano Riserva DOCG
Barbaspinosa DOC Monteregio di Massa Marittima Rosso
Morellino di Scansano DOCG
Mandriolo DOC Maremma Toscana Rosato
Vermentino IGT Toscana

5 - And where, besides the winery, can try your wine?
We have 4 wine shops in Maremma: winery, Massa Marittima, Follonica, and Grosseto. We also sell our wines to distributors all over the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia...

6 - Your choice for the "Yellow Road" of white (yellow- your orange) wine? Mandriolo Rosato,
Santa Chiara,Vermentino?

Mandriolo Rosato and Vermentino. Our 2018 vintage of the Rosato will have a new bottle, label and name! We are currently working on the prototype, but hope you will appreciate the new branding!
Sunrise over Olives (MorisFarms)

7 - Can you offer the most impressive view (favorite point) on vineyards or the surrounding landscape
There are too many impressive views at both estates!..

and Day in Farm

8 - Is it convenient to get to your farm from Follonica, What is this town? Is there a beach there?

Yes! In Follonica, there is a train station well connected to both Roma Fiumicino and Pisa airports. Follonica is beach town that is best appreciated September through November when it is not too crowded. The sunsets are breathtaking! Follonica is about a 10 minute drive from our historic property, Poggetti. Even more impressive than Follonica, however, is Massa Marittima (another 10 minute drive East of Poggetti. Massa Marittima is the gem of Maremma--a medieval village with a wonderful piazza, cathedral dating to 1375, typical cuisine consisting of wild boar and homemade ravioli stuffed with swiss chard and ricotta cheese, plentiful museums, monuments, and impressive arches from the ancient walls of the city.
Massa Marittima

Massa Marittima (panorama)

9 - And what are the "Riserva Naturale Poggio Tre Cancelli"?
It is a natural forest close to us, with nice hike options and good view of the sea.
Very close to us there is nice spa with thermal natural warm water called Calidario.

10 - What kind of platform can you offer for the cultural program "Yellow Road": exhibition space, cinema hall, etc. Or do you have your own cultural projects?
We host traditional lunches and dinners in our grand (but rustic) reception room and garden at Poggetti. It is a great space for entertaining and could be used in several ways to promote cultural programs.

11- Which white wine producer (from Italy or another country) would you recommend for the "Yellow Road"?
I have a friend in prosecco area called Luca Follador producer of il Follo winery

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project "Yellow Road"


DOMAINE Armelle et Bernard RION

Burgundy, France… ( 8 Route Nationale, 21700 Vosne-Romanée) , Vineyards of the Domaine are located south of Dijon and near Nuits-Saint-Georges..
Vineyards near Nuits-Saint-Georges..

Their vineyards are located in some of the most prestigious villages of the Cote de Nuits: Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits Saint Geroges and Vougeot. This means what they have a varied range including appellations Coteaux Bourguignons, Village, 1st Cru and Grand Cru.
Since the 90s, Armelle and Bernard RION also developed their passion for the Burgundy Truffle collected thanks to the intuition of dogs, traditional method assuring the good maturity of the product. For the amateurs, they will to share the secrets of the Burgundy Truffle and to and make you discover the particularly delicious wine-truffle pairing… and and in addition to everything they have, located in the center of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vign’Appart propose 6 studios/apartements 4 stars with design, comfort et functionality...

The Domaine RION was founded in 1896 by Pierre Rion, the ex-sharecropper of the Château de la Berchère who had acquired the Château’s vines. His son Louis succeeded him, and during his time, he substantially enlarged the Domaine. In 1952, the Domaine was divided between his 2 sons. The oldest, Marcel Rion, further enlarged the Domaine and stayed in Vosne Romanée. Bernard Rion has helped his father since 1973 and now manages the Domaine with his wife Armelle and his daughter Alice. Since 2006, Alice makes the wines with Bernard, who so transmits her his knowledge. The husband of Alice, Louis, joined her on the Domaine in 2010, and takes care gradually of the work into the vineyards, always under Bernard’s eye. Since 2015, Nelly, the elder of 3 girls of Armelle and Bernard, came back to the Domaine and takes care mainly of the marketing. In 2018, it’s the turn of Melissa to join the domain.
Mélissa Rion, the youngest daughter of Armelle and Bernard, and her husband Grégory

And today, Melissa answers the questions of "Yellow Road"

1 - Now you have a vineyard, there is wine, what would you like to add to this picture? Expand the vineyard, improve the wine, increase sales?
We always are looking to expand the vineyard but it’s really difficult to find some in Burgundy, near our winery. But we are still looking for and that’s how we found a new vineyard to rent last year : a plot of Hautes Côtes in Chardonnay
for example.
Map of Burgundy (Hautes Côtes)

“Hautes-Côtes de Nuits is a subregion of the Burgundy wine region located to the west of the Côte de Nuits subregion. While Côte de Nuits consists of vineyards located on or close to the main Côte d'Or escarpment, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits covers the area on top of the escarpment, and the adjacent area of various valleys and slopes. Only one appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, covers the entire subregion; there are no specific AOCs named after villages in this subregion, and also no Premier Cru vineyards.[1] This AOC may be used for red and rosé wines with Pinot noir as the main grape variety, as well as white wines with Chardonnay as the main grape variety, and was created in 1961.

The AOC covers a number of communes in the Côte-d'Or department: 16 communes situated above the escarpment (the actual Hautes Côtes), and the top parts of four communes that are mainly situated in Côte de Nuits. The border between Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and Hautes-Côtes de Beaune to the south passes through Magny-lès-Villers”
Wines of Armelle et Bernard RION

2 - List, if possible, a set (gift box) of four or six own wines (red and white), which, in your opinion, can be worthy of representing your farm.
Vosne Romanée 1er cru les Chaumes, Nuits Saint Georges 1er cru Marcel Heritage, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Chambolle Musigny les Echezeaux, Meursault Sous la Velle, Bourgogne Aligoté.
Vosne Romanée

Bourgogne Aligote

3 - The traditional question for winemakers: What is your favorite wine (red or white)? And why?
Vosne Romanée 1er cru les Chaumes for it’s velvety palate, so smooth and elegant, with an incredible long after taste.

4 - The history your of white wine?

Bourgogne Aligoté : our traditional grape variety here in Côte de Nuits ; more common than Chardonnay. Perfect for aperitif!

5 - Your vineyards are located in fantastically beautiful places.
Can a tourist live in your hotel? ? What will be the length of the route? ..

Of course ; our appart-hotel is just 3 minutes driving from the winery.
Truffle Hunter

Alice with a dog...

6 - tell us a little about your program - "Truffes de Bourgogne"

We offer truffle hunt with our dogs Lagotto Romagnolo in our private forest on several tours.

7 - Your Choice for the Yellow Road of white (yellow) wine?

Here we are on the « Champs Elisées of Burgundy » ; which is more a red wine road than a White wine road. It goes from Dijon to Beaune, trough Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny, Vosne Romanée and Nuits St Georges.

8 - What cultural event would you like to see more often at home: an exhibition, an opera, a ballet or something else?
Ballet and opera are available in Dijon theater, but more would be nice.
Chambolle Musigny

9 - You can offer the most spectacular view (favorite point) on vineyards or the surrounding landscape.
Go in Chambolle Musigny near to the cliff and look down to the vineyard. At the back, see the Mont Blanc when the weather is clear !
Still life from Armelle et Bernard RION

10 - If it's not a secret, what are your plans for the future?
Build a new winery and increase the size of the cellar and the tasting room !

11- Which white wine producer (from Italy or another country) would you recommend for the Yellow Road?
Travel along the Léman lake in Switzerland and stop at Domaine de la Vissenche to discover their great Chasselat with a wonderful view on the lake and the Alps montains !

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project "Yellow Road"
Map of Provence with Sainte Cecile les Vignes

Vineyard Domaine Rouge-Bleu

Created in 2007 and situated between the revered appellations of Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Rouge-Bleu cultivates its 9ha of land Vineyard spreads around the farm which was probably built 400 years ago and which some parts are handcrafted 1696..
Mostly composed of old vines, their wines are vinified in the pure tradition of the Rhône Valley, exuding the concentration and typicality of the terroir they originate from.
The village nearest to the vineyard is called Sainte Cécile les Vignes.

Domain site opens photographs of Caroline and Thomas

“My approach to winemaking is to harmonise the modern methods taught in Australia with the traditions and styles of France. This has ultimately led to the decision to be based in the southern Rhone region, where the unique terroir and local grape varieties can create wines of rich primary fruit flavours and depth, which, when augmented by maturation in aged oak barrels, produces wines of elegance, balance and complexity.”

“Passionate about wine, I have been surrounded by it all of my adult life. First at work and now on the domaine where I spend my time between managing the vineyard and representing the Domaine worldwide. A lover of wines from all horizons I am, like Caroline, a natural Grenache lover. Becoming a vigneron is a life changing experience and an eveyday learning curve which I hope to be sharing with you all soon, whether you are visiting us or we are coming to you!”

Old vine

Vineyard Domaine Rouge-Bleu

Their philosophy is full respect for nature
Thomas & Caroline

“The great feature of our vineyards is the age of the vines which, coupled with the terroir, holds the potential to create wines of superb quality.

In order to magnify this potential, we work to develop the deep roots of our vines which allows them to reach water and mineral complexity in the soil, which is in turn transmitted to the grapes. To do this, we are guided by the principles of biodynamics that promote soil microbial life and we banish pesticides, herbicides and systemic products. Only copper and sulfur are used along with teas of nettle, horsetail and willow.

We believe that when the vine is more deeply rooted, it is able to defend itself against disease and has less need for human intervention. We also believe in the good effects of wild yeasts brought by insects. It is these yeasts, native to our microenvironment, that will ferment our wines, contributing to the expression of terroir.

Grenache reigns here, followed by the Carignan grape variety that has the ability to produce higher acidity and complex flavours when vigour is controlled. A bit of Syrah, and a zest of Mourvedre and a dash of Roussanne (co-planted with our precious 80-year old Grenache) complete the family”.

Evening in the vicinity of the Domain

Questions from Yellow Road are answered Thomas BERTRAND, DOMAINE ROUGE-BLEU owner
1 - You have a vineyard, there is wine, apartments, what would you like to add to this picture? Expand the vineyard, improve the wine, increase sales?
We are always thriving to improve wine quality, improve customer base of course. We are a young winery (Started in 2012) so all the work is to be done to gain public recognition. A lot of energy is sent restructurating our vineyard at the moment. It is very old and needs full attention to be back to productivity.

2 - The traditional question for winemakers: What is your favorite wine (red or white)? And why?
A favourite wine of ours is a balanced wine. There is as many different wine as there is different food. What is my mood, what uis the weather outside, which season are we, who am I drinking with all these factors will make my answer change always. More generally low alcohol, natural or minimum organic wine is a must!

3 - List, if possible, a set (gift box) of four or six own wines (red and white), which, in your opinion, can be worthy of representing your farm
We make 6 wines so I would recommend one of each. Dentelle rouge white and rosé for our light low alcohol fruit driven range. Mistral and vendangeur to showcase the complexity of our terroir and Lunatique to showcase the exception (110 yo vines).
Dentelle Blanc

4 - Is your choice for the "Yellow Road" of white (yellow) wine?
Dentelle Blanc


5 - Provence is a famous region, and what is the beauty of your villages Cairanne, Travaillan?..
Our Village is called Sainte Cécile les Vignes. It is a beautiful small village, very active with lots of solidarity between inhabitants. A very god athmosphere between all winemakers and it is famous for its saturday provencal market.
Sainte Cécile les Vignes

6 - Provence - this and Bonnard, Signac, Cezanne, Dufy, Soutine, Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Nicolas de Stael...
Many have heard of Provence through the paintings of Van Gogh. Maybe you have a small hut in the vineyard, which could become a workshop for a modern artist?

Yes our vineyard welcomes artists and painters every year in the early and late summer

7 - Your vineyards are located in fantastically beautiful places. Have you thought about building your own tourist way...
Our vineyards has a Bed and Breakfast with three roms which welcomes tourists all year round. We also offer walks and visit in the vineyard all year round too anfd even have in our white parcel an educative parcel showing 16 different grape varietals.

Dentelle de Montmirail Mountain, Mont Ventoux

Dentelle de Montmirail Mountain

8 - You can offer the most impressive view (favorite point) on vineyards or the surrounding landscape.
The view of the Dentelle de Montmirail Mountain chain and the view of Mount Ventoux the highest muntain in the south! They are fantastic to look at and are just in front of our vines. Pictures attached

9 - Which white wine producer (from France or another country) would you recommend for the Yellow Road?
I really love a winery in western Australia. It is called Xanadu and there Chardonnay is one of the finest made in Australia.

Sergey Evtuhov, author of the project "Yellow Road"
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