I love the wines of the Southern Rhone. In fact the spectacular Chateauneuf du Pape ($$$), Gigondas ($$), and Vacqueyras ($) wines are from this region. However, take a close look at the terroir – we call it dirt (the French really do have a way with words). The farmers grow grapes in this! Who was the first guy to think that would work?
When I think of growing something I think of my grade 9 Geography teacher (doesn’t grade 9 Terroir sound more interesting) who taught me the words humus and loam. That’s what you look for if you are starting a farm. If you look closely in the next photo you might see some dirt – it’s hard to see. I love that wine grows in this “soil”. Fantastique. What will the French think of next?