Domaine de Bel Air

DidierBelAir6 BelAir 5 BelAir4 BelAir3 BelAir1

The French are very particular about their wine. This should come as no surprise. Despite the increased production of wine in California, Australia, South Africa and other parts of the world, France is still considered by many to have crafted over many centuries the art of making wine. In April, I had the opportunity to be at a soirée for the start of the wine season at Domain de Bel Air, the home, vineyard, and winery of Didier and Isabelle Michel. The winery opened for the season with an all-day affair, attracting locals and tourists to taste the first wines of the harvest.

Mon amour and I spent the weekend with Didier and Isabelle in their massive, very old, stone Mas at Bel Air in one of the upstairs chambers. The window and shutters of the small bedroom open to a breath-taking view of the vineyards, and one morning one man was walking among the vines examining the crops.

The chamber itself opens to a long balcony and overlooks the courtyard, with fish pond, a jungle of exotic plants and a shaded alcove situated on the far side of the courtyard. The long balcony leads to a set up outdoor steps that enter the courtyard. In other words, there is no interior exit from the chambre. Needless to say, it was quaint, romantic, a stereotype of Old World charm, as all things in this romantic country seem to be. This week my friend in the States commented that she’s sure I’ve stepped into a fairytale, and I couldn’t agree more.

Domain de Bel Air is located in the Rhone Valley at the foot of La Roque-sur-Ceze near the banks of the Ceze River.

9 thoughts on “Domaine de Bel Air

  1. I simply want to mention I’m newbie to blogging and actually savored you’re page. Likely I’m likely to bookmark your site . You certainly have exceptional posts. Many thanks for revealing your web site.

  2. Hey man, was just looking through the internet looking for some information and came across your blog. I am impressed by the information that you have on this blogsite. It shows how well you understand this topic. Bookmarked this page, will come back for more. You, my friend, ROCK!!!

  3. Hello There. I found your blog the use of msn. This is an extremely neatly written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of your helpful information. Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

  4. Intriguing article – cheers. Extremely entertaining and well penned article. I would like to uncover more such in the near future.

  5. Very good story, I am going to bookmark Domaine du Bel Air |

  6. Hey I am so glad I found your webpage, I really found you by error, while I was looking on Yahoo for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a fantastic post and a all round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the minute but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the fantastic job.

Comments are closed.