The village of Tavel is a haven of peace, cut off from the rest of the world by a motorway which in this case serves as a Hadrian’s Wall, protecting its beneficent civilisation.
In Tavel, the visitor will discover unexpected, unspoilt landscapes, hills of outstanding natural beauty, of a stunning power and earthiness, a true wilderness. The Tavel rosé wine is the culmination of 2,000 years of grape-growing and wine-making, making the wine and its home village unique in the history and production of wine, so that it deserves to be entered in the annals of human achievement. Rolf Bichsel relates this delightful story of the men and women who grow the grapes and make the wine, and records what they have to say about their land and their expertise. He enables us to explore a range of thirty or forty totally different styles of wine-making, each of them quite different – something that is part of the miracle –part of the true Tavel.
This is a romance, the story of how the author fell in love at first sight with the men and women who make the wine and who tell their story through its pages, with pride, humility, love, respect and enthusiasm..
To enjoy Tavel rosé you merely need to imbibe its flowery and spicy notes, redolent of the garrigue, the wild limestone heathland of southern France, and its yellow fruits and berries. You need to appreciate its dense texture or its freshness… This wine is so drinkable that it can accompany any classic French dish as well as the most exotic foreign concoctions.