My Summer Wine… Tastes Like Vivanterre

My summer wine… tastes like the Vivanterre wine! September is in full swing, yes, so why not induldge your taste buds with a good sip of a sun-drenched delight? The Orange Contact SGS is exactly that. But first, about the company: Vivanterre is a natural wine produced in the Auvergne region of France by Patrick Bouju and Justine Loiseau, and founded by Rosie and Max Assoulin, with the support of renowned sommelier Cedric Nicaise. Using organically and biodynamically farmed grapes, vinified using natural processes, and untouched by any fining, filtering, or added sulfites, Vivanterre reflects the “Living Earth” from which it comes. Introduced by mutual friends, the Vivanterre team – the new-wave wine-makers! – came together with the intention to create a delicious natural wine using sustainable practices. The collaborative spans the creative worlds, with a mix of wine experts and novices, who came together to create a wine that is truly a product of shared perspectives.

This time, I’ve tried the amazingly refreshing Orange Contact. It’s a heavenly blend of Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner and Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from the Touraine-Oisly sub-appellation of the Loire Valley, from a vineyard managed by Benjamin Delobel. The vineyard started organic conversion in 2013. The grapes come from 60-year-old vines planted in sandy soils that are rich in minerals with calcium, flint and clay. They were destemmed and saw three weeks of maceration with pigeage, aged in stainless steel. Meanwhile, the Gewurztraminer grapes come from the village of Heiligenstein in Alsace and are picked from 35-year-old vines, planted on clay and blue slate. The whole clusters were then placed directly into stainless steel vats for two weeks of skin maceration, foot trodden, then racked into amphorae. The vineyards are farmed by the Goepp Family. The Sylvaner grapes also come from Alsace, from a vineyard located in the village of Rosheim, that is rich in limestone, with 60-year-old vines. The Sylvaner comes from the vineyards of the Dreyer Family. The Sylvaner grapes were pressed, and the juice was added to the Gewurztraminer, which was macerating on its skins. There was no fining, filtering, or SO2 added during any phase of winemaking. Wines were aged until May 2021, when blending took place, just before bottling. The harvesting, wine making, and elevage was done by Bouju and Loiseau.

There are three more blends available – White MSM, White Petnat PRS and Gamay MVB (tried it out few months ago!)

Discover the world of Vivanterre here and follow them on Instagram. In Poland, Natural Rascal stocks the Vivanterre selection.

Orange or Gamay? Vivanterre!

Have you got your festive season wines sorted? Here’s a clue. Vivanterre is a natural wine produced in the Auvergne region of France by Patrick Bouju and Justine Loiseau, and founded by Rosie and Max Assoulin, with the support of renowned sommelier Cedric Nicaise. Using organically and biodynamically farmed grapes, vinified using natural processes, and untouched by any fining, filtering, or added sulfites, Vivanterre reflects the “Living Earth” from which it comes. Introduced by mutual friends, the Vivanterre team – the new-wave wine-makers! – came together with the intention to create a delicious natural wine using sustainable practices. The collaborative spans the creative worlds, with a mix of wine experts and novices, who came together to create a wine that is truly a product of shared perspectives. So, now here’s the tough choice: Orange or Gamay (which I’m saving for the Christmas Eve)? Vivanterre’s Orange Contact SGU offers flavors of white peach, lychee and tropical fruits. Beyond the fruits, there are notes of white flowers, black tea and ginger. Tastes like heaven, right? Meanwhile Red Gamay MVB boasts flavors of bright red and black ripe fruits, cherries, raspberries, gooseberries and blackberries, with a backbone of acidity that offers balance to the ripeness of the fruit. Yum. Ok… just pick both!

Discover the world of Vivanterre here and follow them on Instagram.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki, featuring Rosie Assoulin‘s autumn-winter 2020 looks.

Tuscany: Antica Osteria de Divo

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The Antica Osteria de Divo is a real pearl from all Tuscan restaurants. First of all, it’s not a usual Siena restaurant, but it is located in a… Cellar! And in a old one. You sit here with real mould growing on the walls, in cold air and dirty floors. Sounds kind of creepy, but the food is great. Very tipical, but good. Most dishes are served with fresh truffles, and the risotto and taglioni are amazing. Looks normally, but it is simple and very home like! Love it!

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Tuscany: Manganice Dinner

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Living in Villa Manganice is like visiting a paradise. Everything here is perfect and beautiful. So, no wonder, the restaurant Manganice has a unforgettable taste with it’s traditional Tuscan dishes! Of course accompanied with the wine from hotel winery, the beef tatar and the filet Mignon with truffle fondue tastes very delicate and smooth. Everything is very fresh and totally hand-made! So no pasta from a shop or olive oil with chemical toxins. The dessert is of course the classical chocolate sufflet… Nothing better in the world!

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Tuscany: Villa Mangiacane

20130812-055804 PM.jpgDerived from its ancient name meaning “great dog”, the Mangiacane Estate has been producing wine for centuries, and making the visitors feel like in paradise for years! Here I am for some vacations in warm Tuscany in Italy! The Villa Mangiacane is located in a small town 20 minutes away from Florence, in an amazing place, from where you see even the Basilica of St. Peter! From my huge, huge, huge balcony I see a large Italian forest, whole olive farm and grape orchard, that are used everyday in producing best quality olive oil and wine! Of course the very local wine can be tasted in the Villa’s restaurant and I assure you- it’s delicious.
This magnificent hotel has two beautiful pools, one in a Byzantine style, and other much more modern; there is the main building and the second, one much more beautiful and luxurious, the Villa, that contains of around 10 suites and few penthouses… It’s all a real Dolce Vita, having in mind that you have Portofino, Sienna, Florence and Bologna all in your are!

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