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Châteaux du Vin in France

Wish to explore and taste the best wines and dishes of the French countryside? WIT Agents can book reliable, unique accommodations that offer something special to your tour of France. Stay in a château for a one-of-a-kind experience! Enjoy the vineyards around Bordeaux and Burgundy, and sample the delicious reds and cheeses of this region from the comforts of your château. Sleep in a charming, venerable mansion dating back a few centuries, share French breakfasts with your lovely hosts, and tour the idyllic countryside—all for an affordable price. Call us for more details.

Photo by Jean-Pierre, Creative Commons

Châteaux of Bordeaux Region

LA VILLA D’O

Situated 15 minutes from Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion in St. Loubes, La Ville D’O is a charming 1850’s residence. With only eight rooms and an expansive park, the villa maintains a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. The estate has preserved its splendid appearance with elongated windows, brown stone walls, and panoramic garden views. 33450 St Loubes.

CHÂTEAU DU PIAN

Located five kilometers from Bordeaux, the Château du Pian is an enclosed park of five hectares, famed throughout the region for its famous wines and excellent village restaurants. This authentic chateau offers three rooms and three suites, and is the perfect accommodation for nature-lovers who enjoy the regional wines. 33270 Bouliac.

Châteaux of Burgundy Region

LE MONTRACHET

This famed winery was built in 1842 and is only 12 kilometers from Beaune. The wine from Montrachet is an Apellation d’origine controlee and Grand Cru vineyard, producing considered some of the finest dry white wines in the world. Wander in the winery’s luxuriously arched cellars, enjoy a tasting, and explore the vineyard-bedecked countryside at your leisure. 21190 Puligny-Montrachet.

CHOREY-LES-BEAUNE

This star of the north is situated three kilometers from Beaune, with spacious rooms and views of seventeen gorgeous vineyards. The historic and elegant château displays several architectural styles, typical of Burgundian buildings from the Renaissance. Complete renovated in 2007, it consists of three large rooms and two family suites. The relatively flat land of the Saone plain allows for some unique soils and simple, thin, predominantly Pinot Noir wines. 21200 Chorey les Beaune.

ST AMOUR BELLEVUE

A charming inn situated just 10 km from Macon, Bellevue has excellent rooms and gastronomy tours into the heart of Burgundy. 71570 Saint Amour Bellevue.

CLESSE

This 16th century property is in the middle of a vineyard measuring four hectares. Just 20 kilometers from Macon, the estate produces the delicious and delicate Chardonnay AOC Viré-Clessé. Enjoy a sophisticated seasonal menu to compliment the tastes of remarkable whites.

Châteaux of Rhône Valley

LE BEAU RIVAGE

Forty kilometers from Lyon in the Rhône valley, this vineyard is a stunner. With views of the Rhône river, a water level terrace, excellent cuisine and vine-strewn hillsides, this is one estate not to be missed.

All of our agents are well-versed in France and would love to share our knowledge and expertise with you. Photo above is representative and not one of the actual properties. Contact us for more information on these lovely chateaux: info@wittravel.com and 503-224-0180.

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Mendoza

Imagine yourself at a table in Mendoza city. Food is terrific and tasty. The dishes in front of your nose are a myriad of delights: regional cheeses; salmon, trout; baked beef served with chimichurri sauce; locro, a dish of maize, beans, and pig’s feet; fried empanadas; tomatican, cherry tomatoes cooked with spring onions and eggs; Figassa butter bread; carne a la olla, meat and white wine stew in an iron pot; and spicy humita en chala sauce.

All of these tasty and hearty dishes are served with the finest wine of the province. Home to two-thirds of Argentina’s entire wine production, Mendoza has steadily been climbing the ranks of the finest wine regions of the world. Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, these vineyards cultivate acres of Criolla Grande, Cereza, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Chardonnay. These vines arrived with the Spaniards and share a common ancestry with the grapes in Chile and Peru.

The city of Mendoza herself has no end to sights and attractions. Explore one of the many parks, Mendoza Museum of Modern Art, the beautiful Plaza Espana. Just 14 km of town is the historic 1890 Casa de Fader, once home to the famous artist Fernando Fader. The heart of Mendoza is easy to navigate; you can walk or take one of the many affordable taxis around town. Stay at a downtown hotel for easy access, near the Plaza Independencia, a fantastic four blocks teeming with hustle and bustle. Wander down the nearby Sarmiento road, plop down at a café, watch the locals meander by while you sip on 6-peso-espresso.

Like all wine regions, the Mendoza province is best sampled in a private car—which gives you the flexibility and freedom to visit winery after winery. Keep in mind to book ahead well in advance, perhaps even with a professional—many wineries prefer if you arrive on a tour. For the best convenience and bang for your buck, you can fly from Buenos Aires and book a guided tour that will show you around. Wineries are still establishing themselves as an industry in Argentina, so your vineyard tours will likely be informal but with plenty of tastings. Many businesses don’t have the infrastructure or roads to handle too many tourists yet, so it’s best to organize a tour beforehand with a travel agent. Just remember: don’t drink and drive!

Want to sample the best of Mendoza’s Malbecs? Speak with our agents at Willamette Intl Travel for more information and suggestions for your Argentine itinerary. Call us at 800-821-0401 or email info@wittravel.com.

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My favorite recipe for chimichurri

1 bunch flat leaf parsley

8 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 lemon wedge (juice of)

1 tablespoon diced red onion

1 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Directions:

1.       Pulse parsley in processor to chop.
2.      Add remaining ingredients and blend.
3.      Separate sauce into equal parts.
4.      Use half for basting or marinade, and half for table service.

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