BLACKBERET

FACTS

JEAN D'ALIBERT

 

Fourth largest vineyard owner in France

6000 hectares (15 000 acres) of vineyard

1500 winegrowers

Annual bottling capacity of 12 million bottles

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The word Languedoc comes from “langue d’Oc” or Occitan, the language traditionally spoken in southern France and parts of northern Spain. The use of Occitan is gradually declining, though attempts are being made to keep it alive with bilingual schools (or “calandretas”).

 

The Canal du Midi is a 241 km (150 mi) long canal in southern France.  This amazingly ambitious project, completed in the 1680s, allowed navigation between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean via the Gironde estuary north of Bordeaux. Parts of it are still navigable and renting a barge is a good way to get to know the region and taste wines from the many properties located along the canal.

Berets came to be popularized across Europe and other parts of the world as typical Basque headgear. They are very popular and common in the Basque Country. The colours adopted for folk costumes varied by region, red in Gipuzkoa, white in Álava, blue in Biscay, but eventually the Basques settled on blue berets and the people of Navarre and Aragon adopted red berets while the BLACK BERET became the common headgear of workers in France and Spain.

 

The Languedoc-Roussillon region is dominated by 300 000 hectares (740 300 acres) of vineyards, three times the combined area of vineyards in Bordeaux and double the area in Australia.

 

There are 56 different grape varieties planted in the Pays d’Oc; that’s only one less than Heinz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cité de Carcassonne is a medieval fortified town in the Aude, complete with moat and drawbridge, heavily restored by Violet-le-Duc in the mid-19th Century. It is a spectacular site and attracts visitors from all over the world, all year round.

 

Cathars were heretics (according to the Catholic Church) in the 12th to 14th Centuries. The Pope launched the Albigensian crusade against them. At the end of this ruthless campaign, the French king built a series of fortresses in the area, today called Cathar Castles, to help defend the area from attack.

 

Interesting facts about the French: they pride themselves on their fine food, haute couture and design. In reality they eat at McDonalds (France is the largest market for the golden arches outside the US) and buy their clothes at H&M and their furniture at IKEA (both of them Swedish)!

 

"There are 56 different grape varieties planted in the Pays d'Oc"

"The word Languedoc comes from "langue d'Oc" or Occitan, the language traditionally spoken in southern France"

"Berets came to be popularized across Europe and other parts of the world as typical Basque headgear"

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