Saint Mont AOC Celebrates 60 Years

Local Food And Wine

by Paige Donner

Saint Mont is one of France’s newer appellations, created in 1957, but one that harbors some of the world’s oldest known vines of near-extinct grape varietals.

photos by Paige Donner copyright 2017 

In 2013 Saint Mont’s pre-phylloxera vineyard parcel was given the distinction of historical monument (the first one in France). On this plot of land there are 20 different varietals planted that date back to the 18th c. Red and white grape varietals are planted side by side as was customary in that era. And there are even 6 different varietals planted there that have not yet been identified.

photos by Paige Donner copyright 2017 

Here in this wine appellation of the Gascony region they take preservation seriously. You can find hundred-year-old vineyards in Saint Mont where pre-phylloxera vineyards date to 1871; Sarragachies pre-phylloxera vineyards that date to 1810; Limaris that were planted prior to 1910…

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