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Fiefs Vendéen AOP
The history of wine making in the Vendée dates from the Roman era when they brought their vines and established small vineyards that did well. This was continued in the Middle-ages by the monks who cultivated their patches of vines and from this time on a strong tradition of local wines was born. Four areas of wine production, BREM, MAREUIL, PISSOTTE and VIX were duly recognised by the wine authorities, although, commercial wine production continues in three other areas namely the Chantonnay, St.Philbert de Bouaine and St Hilaire de Loulay regions.
Today, about a hundred wine growers established in well defined areas have launched into a great venture producing wine under the logo ”Fiefs Vendéen” (vineyards of Vendée) to the standard of AOC (Appellation original controlee) .
Benefiting from more sunshine than the national average, the White, Rose’ and Red wines from these areas are wines with a delicate bouquet with completely different fragrances and characteristics.
The wines from the Brem area are produced from two different vines called Groulleau Gris and Chenin, they are limpid and soft wines often with a very discreet apple aroma. Situated in the south east corner of the Vendée, the small vineyards of Vix and Pissotte produce full-bodied wines, They are made from the same types of vines as the wines from the other areas, with the addition of Sauvignon in the Vix region and An Melon in the Pissotte region.
By far the largest wine growing area is in the Lay Valley around Mareuil-sur-Lay in the Bas Bocage. Here where 3 geographical areas meet on the remaining escarpments of the ancient Armorian massif are found the ideal soil and climate conditions for the production of quality wine.
Rarely mentioned are the Vineyards of Chantonnay on the upper reaches of the River lay which produce similar wines to those of Mareuil-sur-Lay, the area stretches from Chantonnay towards St. Cecile.
The areas of St.Philbert de Bouaine and St.Hilaire de Loulay (just north of Montaigu) are in the Loire wine region and produce wines typical of this region such as Gros Plant, Muscadet, Gamay, Grolleau, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvigons. This area of the Vendée produces wine of AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée awarded status in 2011).
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