We caught up with Laure Colombo, the next generation of winemaker in the Jean-Luc Colombo wines legacy. Her vigorous confidence in what she and her wines stand for make this an engaging and informative interview. 


Laure has grown up amongst the rich landscape of the Rhone valley in a location that straddles the climates of continental France and the Midi. She has the great energy and confidence of someone who knows what she is talking about, simply because she lives it.

Taking nothing for granted, Laure is investing her energy in growing vines at a higher altitude in Saint Pérey. Here, wine production is integrated with a myriad of other living plants and organisms to create harmony and balance using the techniques of permaculture. Her objective is create an enlarged system of life that will produce food, a home for bees (and many other creatures), as well as beautiful wine.

Tasting Saint Perey with Laure Colombo:

Full article:  Laure Colombo: La Belle De Mai 2012, Saint Peray

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Winemaker and owner Nicola D’Auria greeted us at the entrance of this fascinating cantina. The winery and cellars have been designed by Rocco valentini in the shape of a vertical barrel in order to immerse the tasters senses in wine.


East from Roma to Abruzzo

From Rome we headed east to Abruzzo, a region of Italy that rises up like a burly landlord to greet the traveller. The Apennine mountains at their tops are stark and beautiful, lonely, yet fulsome. Rustic doesn’t quite do this landscape justice. It’s a place for pilgrims, peace lovers and, of course, we followers of Bacchic and gastronomic pleasure.


After days of picking grapes in one of the world’s most famous wine regions, the pickers get together to drink, chat and enjoy the drinks they are meticulously involved in the making of. 

Also check out local winemaker, Nico’s, top tip for a white Burgundy from Saint Aubin that you don’t have to travel to Burgundy to get!


What started in El Quatre Gats tapas bar in Barcelona, soon became an adventure in the Marche region of Italy, that lies along the east coast facing Albania across the Adriatic Sea. El Quatre Gats is famously where Picasso had his first solo exhibition as a young edgy artists in the Catalan capital and I was there dining with Dr Pia Casarini Wadhams, Director of Italy’s only Polar Institute, Il Polo.


The Palazzo is located in the centre of Fermo, a small Roman hilltop town with a rich history dating back to antiquity. Flying from abroad, Ancona is the closest airport, 67km north (about an hours drive) along the coast of the Adriatic sea.