The final grape harvest of the 2015 vintage in France took place, like each year, on…the 31st of December in Viella (Gers), a little village in the heart of the Plaimont wine region that spread in three departments of the southwest: Gers, Haute-Pyrénées and Pyrénées Atlantiques.
The locals proudly describe it as the “final grape picking in the world”!
This late harvest is the origin of an exceptional wine called “Pacherenc du Vic Bilh de la Saint-Sylvestre” that is limited to several thousand bottles of 50ml.
This sweet “ice” wine owes its qualities to the vineyards’ location on the foothills of the Pyrenees, a region with warm autumns days and cool dry nights that allow the berries to candy up and produce a wine with honey, spice and exotic fruit aromas that naturally reaches 19° of alcohol.
Each 31th of December the harvest is celebrated by the whole Veilla village with a torchlight march and of course a festive dinner which also marks the New Year! The event is also a known tourist attractions with people coming for the grape picking and the celebratory dinner.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!