Led by Joël Corre, AUCP Culture and Business of French Wines professor and head of the Aix Institut d’Oenologie, AUCP students visited the world-renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region of Provence. This excursion was open to all AUCP students, allowing budding wine experts and novices alike the opportunity to taste wines from one of France’s most prestigious wine regions.
Students visited two different wineries: Domaine de Beaurenard & Domaine Ogier, meeting with owners and head vintners who gave first-hand accounts of wine production at each domain. The group toured the picturesque grounds, discovered the grape harvesting process, witnessed the first steps of processing and fermentation, and explored the wine cellars filled with aging barrels of wine.
Each winery offered four wines to taste, allowing students to discover the subtle changes in taste, aroma and color that result from differences in grape varieties, soil, weather and aging.
I really enjoyed both wineries we visited. Domaine de Beaurenard was more how I imagined an old French vineyard to be, we even were able to visit the wine cellar where the wine is aged. Château Ogier was more modern, but really interesting. They have a garden representing the four different soil types in the region. We tasted wines that were identical, except for the soil the grapes were grown in. I was really impressed by how much the taste changed, just with a change in the soil. I learned a lot about wine! » – Liz, Providence College
The day in photos, below!
All photos by Liz Silvia & Kaitlin Curran
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