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Issue No. 19

Delicious sunshine cocktails and scrumptious recipes, brilliant features and tons of information and gorgeous photos to inspire your visits. The secret life of castles in Burgundy, the Abbey of Senanque in Provence, Sainte-Denis, Lourdes, Calvados in Normandy, Paris, Grenoble and more...

Never mind a pretty

Never mind a pretty house, with specialist hobby properties it's all about the quality of the grass or vines says Liz Rowlinson...

HOBBY HOMES Vineyards Many of us have a romantic notion of owning some vines so we can produce our own wine to bottle and share with friends and family. It’s a trend that has grown internationally with Chinese and American buyers dreaming of having their own Grand Cru. But buying a vineyard where the vines are too young, too old, or not planted to the correct density can turn your dream sour. It’s essential you seek the advice of a specialist vineyard agent. Leggett Immobillie's Xavier Routurier comes from a vineyard-owning family and advises buyers in his native Bordeaux, Bergerac and Lot-et-Garonne areas. He says that the typical hobby vineyard is 1 to 2 hectares (15,000 bottles of wine a year), with a nice house attached, and costs €400,000 to €1,000,000. This compares with a professional vineyard of 15 - 25 hectares costing €1.5 - €3 million, depending on the renovation and size of the chateau/house. Of course prices will be lower outside the internationally famous Bordeaux region. “The biggest mistake buyers can make is to buy a vineyard that doesn’t conform to the latest regulations – and/or the quality of the vines and terroir is poor. The peak age for vines is around 20 years.” Vineyard properties selection €1,449,000 Bergerac, Dordogne Charming and cosy vineyard in AOC Pécharmant, 10.30 hectares. Near all commodities. Details €2,730,000 Commercial in Gironde This beautiful château has been transformed into a well run and profitable wine business - 20 ha of AOC Bordeaux vines. Details