Once upon a time, in Saint-Suliac ...
On the edge of the river Rance, Saint-Suliac is a typical small Breton port village, among the most beautiful villages in France.
The charm of its alleys, its 13th century church, and the Beauchet tide mill transport you back to the time of the great Newfoundland fishing expeditions, when local fishermen left for many months for the cold seas along the coast of Canada to fish Cod.
A statue of Our Lady of Grainfollet watches over this village of sailors and its treasures.
73 metres high, Mont Garot overlooks the entire Rance Valley and offers a 360 degree view, near an old windmill. Legend has it that this quartz promontory is the tomb of Gargantua the giant. He was said to be so big he had to be folded in seven to be buried!
On the flank of the hill, is a delightful vineyard to visit...
The vineyard of Clos Garrot
Monks were already cultivating vines here in the Middle Ages, the.
In 2003, thirty enthusiasts brought the vineyard back to life and it has been in production ever since.
The plot, facing south to the river Rance, is planted with two grape varieties, Chenin for white wine and Rondo for red wine.
The amateur winemakers look after a little more than 1000 vine plants, all by hand, without any agricultural machinery.
In 2016 the harvest yielded a dry white wine, typical of Anjou (300 bottles, for private sale) described as fruity, light, with a taste of lime on the finish" by the cellar master.
See you next September for the next harvest!