When in France, you have to go to the market, if not shopping just to look around. My better half and the children might not agree with me but I got them to come along and walk around with me in the cosy narrow streets of Ile de Re.
Hubby with two, three and four, this is usually my view of my family when we are out walking, their backs 😀 I am to busy exploring and keep falling behind.
We went and got pastries, who doesn’t love french pastries.
Ready made creme brulee from the supermarket, we are not that picky sometimes.
It was lovely, creamy with real vanilla
and it came in this little cute jar that I am going to bring home with me.
And of course a trip to the fish market to get something yummy for dinner:)
When the weather didn’t allow play on the beach or strolling arround the cosy villages of Ile de Re, we went to the local wine cellar, a cooperative of all the wine producers on the island for a little tour.
The island originally consisted of three different islands and is suitable for viticulture since the Island consist of 7 different soils types. The vineyards are mainly situated on the southern part of the island and produce from 35 to 40 hectoliters of wine per hectare, or about 2 million bottles per year.
It was in the 1100 that the monks began to cultivate grapes on the island and today there are 70 different wine growers that work together on the islands wine production.
In the recent years, wine quality has improved considerably, the cooperative produces wine, sparkling wine, cognac and pineau, Camus
also produces cocnac with grapes from this island and have their own bottles with Ile Ré cognac
The bottles are sold under the signature “Vignerons de Ré Island.”
One of the flagship products is the Rosé des Dunes Sailing range and Pineau Ilrhéa about 450 000 bottles of each produced.
The tour was a typical tour of a wine cellar, we started the tour at the distillery and here we got an introduction about cultivation and production of wine on this island.
Then a we were shown arround their cellar and given a short presentation of the various stages of the wine barrels storage.
After the tour we got to sample som of their products:)