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Winemaker Biographies
 
Valerie Lavigne
With a doctorate in oenology, Valerie has a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the art of wine making. She is a research fellow at the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology and her main research fields are varietal aromas, controlling reduction in white wines during winemaking and studying premature ageing in white and red wines.  She has worked very closely with Denis Dubourdieu for a number of years.

Valerie developed in a doctoral thesis at Bordeaux University (awarded in 1996) relating to Bordeaux dry whites and specifically to the behaviour of the yeasts in the vinification process. Amongst her other achievements she was awarded the "Grand Prix de l'Academie Amorim" in 1997 and she is seconded to the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et des Vins, where she works in various fields of research - a happy alliance of her knowledge of and her passion for wine!

Since 1990, she has worked for the cooperage company Seguin Moreau with around 4,500 clients in over 45 countries.

Roland Quancard

Roland is president of the CIVB’s Promotions Committee, Vice President of the Federation of Negotiants in Bordeaux and Libourne and Chairman at Cheval Quancard.  His family links with wine go back six generations to 1844 when Cheval Quancard was founded.

After studying in Paris, London and Frankfurt, Roland returned to his home town of Bordeaux to undertake a wide range of roles in the Bordeaux Wine industry. In 1982, along with his father and brother, he was responsible for a turning point in the history of the company as “Fils de Marcel Quancard” became “Cheval-Quancard”.  Roland has made the international markets one of his priorities, at the same time implementing a quality management system (2002) and creating an efficient marketing department.

 

Marie-Pierre Lallez

Marie-Pierre, her sister Emanuelle, along with their two husbands, took over the running of Château des Tourtes in the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux region in 1997.
 
Driven by their desire to produce “fine wine to accompany fine food”, the sisters are continuing the family wine-making traditions of innovation and customer satisfaction in their 100 hectares of vineyards.  From the Haut-Médoc and the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux they produce Bordeaux reds, whites and roses as well as their Crémant de Bordeaux.

As well as the production of fine wines, the sisters offer gastronomic breaks in the two gîtes on their property and to support the development of educational projects in Cambodia they organise the “Vendanges du Coeur”, a grape harvest charity project to finance schools.

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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.