Meet Etienne & Mireille Blanc, who own and farm on 18 acres in the Beaujolais region of France. Famous for the Beaujolais Nouveau that commercially arrives just in time for Thanksgiving in the US, Beaujolais also produces other vintages like Macon, Brouilly etc.
After we left Oingt on Friday, we had a visit with Etienne in his vineyard where he explained his process and his year as a winemaker. The vineyard was passed from grandfather to grandson, both named Etienne. His family have been winemakers since the late 1700’s in the same location and produce about 45,000 bottles of wine each year.
The Blancs take in guests, produce wine, honey, jam, and manage the rest of their farm. They have a lovely cave where they showcase their wine to tours and visitors. Who knew that there was a Beaujolais Blanc as well as Beaujolais Rose?