Bourgogne – the country of wine – was our destination for our first field trip. One of the villages we visited called Solutre where lands (valleys and mountains) are filled with grapes, vineyards. Two varieties of grapes can be found in Bourgogne, Chardonnay (white), accounting for approximately 51% of land under vine and Pinot Noir (red), with 39,5 %. These villages have a mild climate (hot summers and cold winters). The grapes are planted in a sloped shape, where the rain excess water slip down the hill preventing erosions.
Terroir is extremely important in the variety of wine tasting in addition to the yeast and bacteria. What meant by terroir are the soil, experience, and hand of the vinieron, and climate. It has an essential role in assembling the different juices from one grape varietal.
The small town is so beautiful and relaxing with a very rich history.
We also visited the “Domaine Perraud” winery where we walked around their vineyards and factory. The new techniques they are working on establishing were very interesting from a small pond for the wastewater to their evolution into organic wine. We learned all about the differences between red and white wines making which was very cool!! From harvesting, fermentation, to bottling is a complicated and fascinating process last for about 10 months in order to get our wines.
Then, we had our first picnic that included cheese and wine tasting!
Another visit was to the School of wine (Ecole De Agriculture) where they walked us through the process of winemaking which was a little bit different than the previous winery we were at. We also tasted their saint Veran wines which were so amazing!
We also visited their goatry farm where they make Maconnais AOP cheese and played around with the goats!!