A couple of my guests requested I found them a local wine tasting venue and a decent place for lunch, my quest found us at Domaine Gayda in Brugairolles. This is an organic vineyard, South West of Carcassonne and is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
Our tour guide, Veronica, is a Mexican who has studied to be Sommelier and now is working at the Domaine. She gave us such a wonderful welcome, and is extremely knowledgeable about wine making, grapes, and food pairing with wine. I have been twice now and I feel I am just scratching the surface of an industry that is endlessly fascinating and could take a life time to learn.
Domaine Gayda is set in beautiful vineyards growing a variety of grapes, including Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Franc and of course, Chardonnay. The Chardonnay in South West France is delicious and nothing like the New World Oaky wines that have gone a little out of fashion, usurped by Sauvignon Blanc. The Viognier at the Domaine is wonderful too.
After the tour, we had an opportunity to taste the wines. Veronica, generously, let us try all the wines and talked us through each one. You can buy the wines, but there is no pressure if you don’t want to (but why wouldn’t you!). My main thought throughout the tour and tasting, was the amount of skill, care, knowledge and investment that goes into wine producing and we are charged around 7 euros a bottle! if the price was commensurate with the process, we would be paying 100 euros!
And then onto lunch! Domaine Gayda has a fabulous restaurant with the most wonderful views of their vineyards. Both the food and service are impeccable. I cannot recommend it highly enough. And of course, they serve their wonderful wines and are happy to suggest which wine to accompany each course. After lunch, coffee can be taken on the Terrace, and I promise you, you will never want to leave!
Wonderful place, wonderful people and wonderful wine. Www.domainegayda.com