So just who are the vigneron and his wife?

10 Feb

Let’s get going and invite you in!

You’ve found us!

I’m Australian, Benjamin is French and we live in a remote, rural area in the south of France.  He is the vigneron, I am his wife and he makes wine that I love to drink.

Our daughter attends school in the local village (we call her the ‘Aussie frog’) and it almost feels like Little House on the Prairie except she wears jeans!

We’ve been living here for the most part since 1998, making and working in wine.  It is wine that led us here and wine that keeps us here.  Our life is inextricably linked to it and why I’ll probably be talking a lot about it here!  …And I guess living where we are, food may get a mention too!!

To outsiders it’s a quiet and very isolated life, if you compare it to the razzle dazzle of a city but delve deeper and, like anywhere, you’ll find a lovely hum of people busy in all sorts of interesting actvities.  People from all walks of life – the locals born and bred here, French people from other parts seeking change and a  growing community of ‘etrangers’  are all enjoying the wonderful landscape and quality of life that this region offers.

Influences and arguments fly in all directions.  In this mix, food and wine are two major elements of the day and what connects us.   There is an almost ritual-like approach to making or serving food and wine that I hadn’t encountered before living with a Frenchie in this area.  I can’t think of a better way of getting to know all these people either!  A few good wines and good food always seems to help my fledgling French.

I may not be sharing any images of the Eiffel tower, baguettes in hand, candlelight dinners overlooking the Seine – or frilly French knickers for that matter (who said all Frenchman were romantics?)… but a no-frills account of what we get up to here in this part of France. I’m not going to spend 365 days eating only foie gras and camembert either, but I will make a good go of drinking Benjamin’s wine – and a lot of others,  cooking and sampling foods  and sharing these experiences with you.

first blog collage - the wonders of La France

The jolie things I see around here…

Welcome to our home, warts and all, happy that you might visit!

Kat

p.s.  I know I promised no snowdome scenes of idyllic life, but  there are some beautiful sights around here that I’d love to share that are unmistakably ‘French’. Sometimes you do actually get those ‘ooh la la ‘ moments that take your breath away .  This occurs almost daily for me here and it helps keep the homesickness at bay!

…and I do LOVE the Eiffel Tower.

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13 Responses to “So just who are the vigneron and his wife?”

  1. Ryan March 6, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Love the layout and perspective of this blog! Keep it up.

    Oh and I have a book Simon wanted me to return to your house. See you at VinoCamp?

    • The vigneron's wife March 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

      Thanks a lot Ryan – your comments are a huge boost (from the master himself, no less!) and much appreciated.
      Yes, see you at Vinocamp…

  2. Mat March 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Un appétit d’encouragement de la part d’une “frenchie” qui en redemande encore et encore. Tout se délecte des recettes aux descriptions de ce singulier Minervois. Merci Kat pour ces photos exceptionnelles et pour ces textes d’une remarquable écriture passionnée.
    Long live the “vigneron’s wife”.

  3. Karen August 5, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Beautiful photos and writing. Our surname is Vigneron so I too am a Vigneron’s wife but not in the same sense as you! A Yank married to “the French guy.” We lived in Beziers and then near Pezenas, know your region very well. Look forward to a return trip next spring to celebrate our 30 years together.

    • The vigneron's wife September 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

      It’s great to hear from you Karen – thanks for getting in touch! I have never heard of Vigneron as a surname before and I think it’s brilliant. You are the original ‘Vigneron’s wife’!! Love it.

      If you’re heading this way next year, please drop me a line!

  4. Richard September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    G’day Kat. welcome back
    …bloody spot on
    Richard

  5. Michel Smith August 18, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Carry on ! It looks great & reads well…

    • The vigneron's wife August 26, 2013 at 12:19 am #

      Merci beaucoup Michel!
      And I’m very sorry I missed out on meeting you chez nous… a bientot j’espere!

  6. Philip wright September 5, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Hi we hail from Sydney and we are staying in la Liviniere later this month. I was wondering if you could suggest some local vineyards we could visit.?
    Our friends who house we are staying in have provided some restaurants and some wineries but I came across your fascinating blog and thought you would be ideally placed. I am guessing it’s vintage time and was wondering if many are too busy for a couple of Aussie travellers dropping in?
    Regards
    Philip

    • The vigneron's wife September 7, 2017 at 9:29 am #

      Hi Philip! Thank you for your very kind message. What can I say, I am so sorry you did not hear back from me – and you were even in La Liviniere!!?! I hope you had a good trip? ( and I am wondering if you might have been staying in a lovely village house that I remember well, that was owned by some Sydney-siders?). My apologies to you again for not having got in touch. I’ve been distracted in the last few years by worries with my family in Australia and so was not keeping up with this blog…
      My very best to you and thanks for getting in touch way back then, Kat

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