Thursday, August 9, 2012

Vineyards of Gaillac

My small village is surrounded mostly by fields of wheat & sunflowers. However, just a short drive to the south are the vineyards of Gaillac, the local wine of this region.

Here are a few photos taken on just such a drive, looking at the beautiful rolling hills with row after row of grape vines.

I also spotted some lovely pigeonniers as well. The one below is a particularly handsome example of these traditional pigeon houses which are typical to this area.

The weather this summer has been good for the grapes, rainy in the beginning & hot & dry now, which means this could prove to be a very good year for the wine makers.

I rather liked this round pigeonnier in its simple unadorned style sitting atop of a hill surrounded by vineyards.

Gaillac wines are predominantly red but there is a nice Rosée as well as a good dry white Perlé.

The combination of the beautiful vineyards with their maturing grapes & the pretty pigeonniers doting the landscape makes for a very lovely outing.

All along the way you will see signs for different wine producers, where one can go to taste & purchase the wine.

The long shaded lane leading to Chateau Lastours with its vineyards on either side is very picturesque....

.....and a very nice way to end a little road trip through the vineyards of the Gaillac region.


  1. beautiful. dream like. very still, serene. the pigeonniers, are they still in use? what were they used for? pets? to carry messages, or have i read too many books. :)

  2. Mmm. I could almost smell the sweet grapes baking in the hot sun. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This vineyards is beautiful! I am delighted if some wines occasionally I have came from this place! It is wonderful that the good weather has produced good grapes!