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.
I am by no means an expert on wine, but I was quite impressed by what I saw – and tasted – at all the wineries! I was also impressed by our professor. He was actually correcting the people who work at the wineries. And he puts more thought into tasting a wine than I have ever seen! – Meghan, Ursinus College
Students visited three different wineries: Château Fortia, 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.
« Out of the three wineries we visited, I had a definite preference Château Fortia. It was really small and intimate, and the vintner was just a warm, nice guy, who really took the time to explain all of the different grape varieties to us. » – Hayden, Carleton College
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.
My favorite part of the excursion was the third winery, Château Ogier. 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, when everything else was the same. » – Shelby, Scripps College
The day in photos, below!
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