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W - WINE

W - WINE

Whether you are a pineau enthusiast or a cognac connoisseur, you may wonder how Poitou-Charentes has room at all for any more grapes. But being sandwiched between two of France’s most celebrated wineproducing regions, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, Poitou-Charentes is perfectly placed for a winegrowing region...

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Haut-Poitou wines receive AOC status

Haut-Poitou wines receive AOC status

The 2011 vendange saw the first harvest of Haut-Poitou wines which have been awarded the much-sought after AOC label. We found out what this means to the winegrowers of the region…

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Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Even if you are familiar with Angoulême you may be forgiven for not having passed Les Caves Charlemagne – tucked at the end of a quiet impasse, the cellars are hewn into the overhanging limestone cliff and hidden from view. But enter the white gates and you will find a bustling business where little has changed since it was created in 1921...

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A Vintage Wine Family

A Vintage Wine Family

Under the careful stewardship of four generations of the Denis family Domaine du Petit Clocher has not only grown in size but also become an award-winning winery. Mike Davis paid a visit…

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The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

Grape harvest time seems to be the perfect moment to discover the smallest vineyard in France – and the top quality wines that Gontran Beaudoin produces by hand in the accompanying winery... 

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A beautiful harvest at Ampelidae

A beautiful harvest at Ampelidae

Frédéric Brochet's dedication and flair have revitalised the ancient reputation of the Haut-Poitou as a fine wine producing region, and he is producing excellent organic wine from his estate in Marigny-Brizay...

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