The entrance to La Grenache can be seen central left of this image. La Grenache is the highest property in the village of Gigondas. The bell tower that you see in the foreground belongs to the Saint-Cosme and St Damien Chapel, a Romanesque construction from the 12th century.
It is not far from the village and is a lovely place to take a walk.
The village of Gigondas, population about 600 wine-lovers. For your grocery shopping, there is a tiny "épicerie" in the village with a few basics, but most people go to Vaison-la-Romaine for shopping. Vaison has a famous Tuesday morning market, as well as several large grocery stores, butchers, cheese shop, organic groceries and many bakeries.
The stunning Dentelles de Montmirail as seen from the chapel which overlooks Gigondas village.
'Dentelles' might have its origin in the French word "dents"--teeth--since the rocks resemble teeth, or from the word "denteler"- "notched." The region attracts loads of outdoor enthusiasts. It is possible to do a complete tour of the 'Dentelles' on foot, and the panoramic views from there are spectacular. There are lots of accompanied rope and climbing activities in the Dentelles. Biking is a popular sport as well, with the famous Mont Ventoux often the goal for a day's climb.
Another part of the living room. The 120 cm TV has international channels. Of course there is also internet and wifi in the home. There is also a wifi extender so you can work whilst relaxing next to the pool. The ground floor is built into the hillside so it naturally keeps cool. The bedrooms on the first floor are all air-conditioned.
It is easy to tell that the kitchen was designed by someone who loves to cook. The kitchen is equipped with a large induction cooktop, plus other high end Miele appliances, cookware and knives. Behind the door to the right is a back kitchen with another fridge/freezer, 2 large sinks, and a washer and dryer. In the foreground you see the owner's collection of 19th century 'pots à graisse' - terra cotta pots used to preserve duck cooked in its fat. The owner searched over many years to find appropriate antiques to decorate his home. He used them judiciously, as accent pieces, so they do not overwhelm the natural beauty of the home.
The dining room has some highly coveted French antiques. The oak farm table is a very sought-after antique, and the 'pots à graisse' -formerly used to preserve duck in its fat in some regions - can be found in some antique shops at L'Isle sur la Sorgue, less than one hour away. Of course you will start out your stay with some excellent Gigondas wine. In the 19th century, before appellations developed in France, the wines from here were sent to Burgundy to put in the 'anemic' wines produced there.
An en-suite bedroom with 160 cm queen sized bed. The shower and sink are located behind the divider panel. The WC is in the hall and there is another powder room on the ground floor. All bedrooms have air conditioning and TV's.
This spacious en-suite bedroom has a 160 cm queen size bed. The bathroom is to the right of the bed--you can see the opening peeking through. The WC is in the hall and there is another powder room on the ground floor. Please note the large antique 'trumeau' on the right wall; this is a mirror with a painted or carved panel above or below the glass in the same frame. All bedrooms have air conditioning and TV's.
Bathroom for one of the en-suite bedrooms. The tub has a shower fixture as well and there are two large sinks and a towel warmer. The WC is in the hall and there is another powder room on the ground floor.
The property is named after the famous 'Grenache' grape variety, which every bottle of Gigondas
red wine is required to have as a majority of grapes. For those of you interested in such things, Grenache must make up at least 50%, and up to a maximum of 80% of planted vines on a domaine in Gigondas. Syrah and/or Mourvedre vines must then make up at least a further 15% of the production. A few other Rhône varietals are also allowed. For the final blending the winemaker can use the quantities that he or she prefers.
You can visit different wine appellations every day of the week if you like. Vacqueryas, Sablet and Séguret are right next door--only about 5-10 minutes away. Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation wines, found in the villages of Courthézon, Orange, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Bédariddes, and Sorgue are from 25-35 minutes away. Beaumes-de-Venise and the Ventoux are about 20-30 minutes away. You will spend unforgettable days here.