Beaune is where the Heart is

Update 8.8.2012(12.3.2009)Ray Walker

Before visiting Burgundy, one question bugged me. ‘If I do find grapes, where in the world am I going to make the wine?’ The production of wines in Burgundy are so low that you cannot expect to find much room if any to make wine short of buying a domaine with a cellar, which is actually hard to find. I was after something a bit more difficult still. I wanted to find a facility that I could share while using some of the equipment such as sorting table, vibrating table, destemmer, etc. I was open to whatever humble facility that would be actually sound for quality wine making.

As it turns out, Olivier Leflaive connected me with a good friend that has room in his facility in Beaune Centre, and is allowing me to rent space for everything from harvest equipment to room to store my wines below in the cellar after making the wine above in the winery. The facility is quite large and the equipment is top notch. A few offices in the front are being taken down to expand the space of the winery. I’m not quite sure I can mention the winemaker’s name just yet, but I am quite thankful for this opportunity to work in the same cellar as this talented and generous fellow. I seriously couldn’t be happier with a different location and team to work with in the cellar. I will be sure to fill in more details when I can. 😉

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