Unleash the joys of France
Whether red, white or rosé is your wine of choice, Fête des Flaveurs has something for everyone. Our wines will take your senses on a journey across the most famous French wine regions – so sit back, relax, and let us do the rest. Enjoy anytime, anywhere – but of course, we’d always recommend serving up in the company of family and friends.
We hope you enjoy drinking them as much as we enjoy creating them.
One of the world’s most famous wine regions, Bordeaux has long been regarded as the beating heart of South Western France, home to stunning medieval chateaux, breath-taking vineyards, and a history like no other.
The Bordeaux wine region lies in a crossroads between the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf stream, the rivers Dordogne and Garonne, and the Gironde Estuary. Breezes roll over these bodies of water into the vineyards of Bordeaux, cooling grapes throughout both the winter and the long, hot days of summer.
Fête des Flaveurs wines from Bordeaux
Merlot today may be one of the most popular wines in the world, but its roots lie in Bordeaux. It’s here that the love of the land unites the 700 growers and 1,500 families that work together to create wines that define the region; from hearty reds to modern thirst quenchers, Bordeaux is famous for its diversity in colour, aroma, and flavour.
It is this more modern style that you will find in Fête des Flaveurs – fruity, inviting, warm, and welcoming; a wine for everyday drinking with family and friends.
The Loire Valley wine region, affectionately known as the ‘Garden of France’, is famous across the world for its scenic rolling hills, historic turreted chateaux, and – of course – its delicious wines.
It’s often said that you could drink Loire Valley wines for the rest of your life, and never be stuck for choice – think zingy whites, juicy reds, breezy rosés, elegant sparklers, and lush dessert wines. The valley winds its way 300 miles up the Loire River, passing through the sub-regions of Pays Nantais, Anjou-Saumur, Upper Loire and Touraine as it goes. Each boast a wide variety of landscapes, soil types and microclimates – all of which produce unique and distinct wines.
Fête des Flaveurs wines from Touraine
Nestled in the heart of the Loire Valley, Touraine is famous not only for its great wines, but also for its excellent truffles, goats’ cheese, saffron, and rillettes.
Here, local growers hold steadfast to their traditions. Generations of families believe in ‘listening to the earth’, passionately believing that quality is delivered in the vineyard. It’s not surprising that caring for the land is fundamental in the Loire!
Sat halfway between Marseilles and the Spanish border, Picpoul de Pinet is the largest producer of white wine in France’s Languedoc wine region. Greek colonists first planted vines here in 600BC, recognising that the nearby Mediterranean coast and saltwater lagoons made Picpoul as ideal for crafting bright, lip-zipping white wines.
In the last ten years, Picpoul de Pinet wine has become a go-to accompaniment for all types of shellfish with its super-crisp, zesty citrus notes. For a twist on this classic pairing, try it with fish and chips too.
Fête des Flaveurs wines from Picpoul de Pinet
The vineyards here span the sun-soaked hillsides (known to the locals as costieres) near the clear blue waters of the Thau Lagoon. Winemaking doesn’t get much better than this: days filled with sunshine, cool nights, and the rolling mists of the lagoon bring out the unique character of the Piquepoul grape (that’s Picpoul to you and me).
The vineyards are surrounded by ‘garrigue’ – the French term for wild scrub bushes of juniper, rosemary, thyme, sage, and holm oak. These neighbouring plants add layers of herbal aromas and flavours to the wines – meaning every glass transports you to a clear, languid summer’s day relaxing on the Mediterranean coast.
One to enjoy over a long, lazy lunch with friends, or to pack in a picnic basket for a summer afternoon treat.
Dating back to Roman times, the Beaujolais wine region sits nestled between Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. This is a region of hazy rolling hills, panoramic views, and wooded mountains circled by waves of vines, and the wines here are like no other in France. Uniquely light and fresh, playful and fruity, they are served by the pot in Lyon’s authentic bouchons, and in the bistros of some of the prettiest villages in France.
The Gamay grape is responsible for these easy-to-drink reds and is grown throughout the region: from the south of Beaujolais where it produces simple and juicy wines; to the hazy blue hills of Beaujolais Crus where more complex versions are grown; and finally, to Beaujolais Villages, sitting happily between the two.
Fête des Flaveurs wines from Beaujolais Villages
Fête des Flaveurs Gamay stems from Beaujolais Villages, made up of the 39 villages that surround the mountainous Beaujolais Crus. Beaujolais Villages wines are as light-hearted and delicate as those from the south, but are laden with layers of extra complexity, soaked in from the copious sunlight and warm winds that bathe these vine-laden slopes.
Growers here are raised with Beaujolais wine in their blood; many observe the art of winemaking from childhood, to learn ancient methods of ‘gobelet’ pruning that get the very best out of the land’s tough granite soils.
A love of the land enjoins the growers of Beaujolais; protecting their environment and crafting wine sustainably has been what drives winemakers here for several generations.