Saint-Gilles-du-Gard celebrates its river port and Mourdèvre vines

Monday October 14 2013 by Vitisphere

The town of St Gilles is famous for the impressive facade of its abbey church (on the UNESCO World Hertiage Site list under the heading of Routes of Santigo de Compestela in France), its bull festivals and also for its wines (it is part of the Costières de Nîmes AOP). It benefited more than most from the construction and the activity of the Rhône-Sète canal. The canal was opened in 1812 to allow the commercial passage of wines towards the north and the west of France.

Well before the creation of the canal, the Mourdèvre grape variety, which has been grown in Spain under the name of Monestrell for many years, was widely grown in Languedoc and Provence. In the south of France the clay and limestone based soils, particularly those in the Costières de Nîmes area, have worked well with this difficult and late ripening grape variety. So much so that the vine of Saint Gilles is another name given to the Mourdèvre. However, the Bandol region is the real home of the French Mourdèvre.

This Saturday (19th October) there will be a wine tasting in Saint Gilles to celebrate both single variety and blended wines made from the Mourdèvre grape. Following the tasting there will be talks about the role that the Saint Gilles dock has had in the development of the Costières economy.

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