The Languedoc region is famous for wine, and also the dozens of amazing artists that have basked and thrived in its wonderful light and colours. Through the combination of Languedoc art and wine discover the diversity of this innovative and sun-drenched area of southern France.
Let’s pick up three bottles of wine from this wonderful region – and I will tell you about the wines and the painters of this unique countryside, and show examples of the masterpieces by Derain, Cézanne, van Gogh and many others.
I’ll explain how they are all made, let you know what flavours you are supposed to be experiencing, and tell you a bunch of amazing stories about the geography and history of this ancient and gorgeous region. You’ll be able to access the tasting notes, maps and photos on your smartphones.
As a special treat, we will also hear from Languedoc artist Libby page. She will tell us what the area means to her and how it inspired her art.
2016-2020 “It was the vivid landscapes of Southern France in particular the majestic plane trees lining the Canal du Midi that drew me back to painting.
During my studies, the teachers in drawing and sculpture inspired me the most and I completed a BA in sculpture in London.
Life then took me down to the silvery light filled vineyards and tree lined roads where warm, strong light vibrates through everything and colours gain fullness and importance.
I would daydream how to mix that blue sky or distant purple mountains. Could I capture the warm smell of summer evenings or the rustle of the breeze in the plane trees with paint?
Sunshine has a capacity of melting away our troubles and lifting our spirits so I infuse my paintings with the hope-giving light and warmth that the South has shown to me.
I am delighted when I receive feedback from clients telling me that my work has helped them through a hard time or lifts their mood each day. This is exactly why I do what I do!”
Sipping these powerful wines, listening to a local artist and looking at the glorious images will be an antidote for the January blues!
One Reply to “Languedoc Art and Wine”
For me, Languedoc wine falls into one of these categories:
1 Traditional AOCs such as Corbières, Fitou, Pic St Loup. They are usually red, and generally blends of the Rhodanien cultivars.
Examples available in Berlin: The AOCs above and also Minervois / Coteaux du Languedoc / Cabardès / Malpères / La Clape, La Cuvée Mythique (actually IGP, but…). Collioure from La Cave de Bacchus.
2 Historic table wines in specific regions that do not follow Rhône Valley traditions. Examples: Picpoul, Limoux Chardonnay, Bourboulenc & Mauzac blends…
Example available in Berlin: Picpoul de Pinet from La Cave de Bacchus
3 International grape varieties that have been tried out in the Languedoc region, with varying levels of success -Vin de Pays d’Oc (IGT/IGP in today’s language). Among my favourites are Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo.
Examples available in Berlin: Gerard Bertrand Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon at REWE
4 Historic speciality wines: Muscat fortified wine, Carthagène fortified wine, Blanquette de Limoux bubbly, late-harvest Grenache Noir…
5 “Les cépages oubliées”: forgotten varietals from antiquity, that enthusiasts have made popular again. For instance, Carignan, Marsellan, Piquepoule Noir, Alicante Bouschet…