Welcome to BritsVignes - BritsNîmes’ newest activity!
TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2020 - 9.30am to 12.30pm
Le Mas des Tourelles
4294 Route de Saint-Gilles
Meet at 9.15am in the Mas des Tourelles car park
BritsVignes’ aim is to taste our way around the Gard, trying well- and lesser-known wines while learning about our region’s œnoculture with visits to vineyards, domaines and châteaux. You’ll also have the chance to buy some lovely wines to take home for your own enjoyment or to sample with friends and family – plus boasting rights, as you’ll know the wines’ backstories!
With the Gard packed with Roman monuments and culture, BritsVignes invites you to travel back in time over 2,000 years to not only discover - but also taste! - how it all started and how the Romans made wine, with this half-day visit and tasting at the 17th century Mas des Tourelles just outside Beaucaire.
We’ll be sampling the Mas des Tourelles’ contemporary offerings too of course, from their 90 hectares of vines in the Costières de Nîmes appellation.
Given its proximity to the sea and to Beaucaire’s huge annual trade fair from the 12th-19th centuries, the Mas des Tourelles was extremely prosperous through the years - since the Roman era, in fact! Our morning starts with a stroll through the Roman-style garden and vineyard to the recently excavated Gallo-Roman villa, pottery workshop and kilns, where amphorae were made to ship wine and olive oil around the Roman Empire and beyond. In fact, BritsVignes will be the Mas des Tourelles’ very first private group to visit these excavations!
We’ll then watch a short film about Roman wine-making techniques before heading to the working replica of a Roman wine press, where our guide will show us exactly how wine was made (and in fact is still made, once a year in September!) using the giant press and tanks, followed by a fascinating exhibition on wine and œnoculture during the era.
Then it’s off to the tasting room to sample both Mas des Tourelles’ Roman and contemporary wines, accompanied by Roman-style aperitif snacks, nibbles and condiments, prepared using authentic recipes from authors and gourmets of the time.
- About half the visit is outside, so wrap up accordingly!
- The tasting room is very large at 300 sq m, so plenty of space to socially distance during tasting – please keep 1m between each person.
- You must wear a mask during the visit, and hand sanitiser is available.
- You'll have your own plate of apéritif snacks (not sharing platters).
- Dogs are permitted, but must be carried/kept outside the wine press area, due to grape juice and grape skins on the floor.
Due to Covid concerns, lunch is not provided and picnics are not permitted. However, nearby Beaucaire offers a good selection of restaurants, including :
- Auberge de l'Amandin - https://www.auberge-lamandin.
- Le Mogador du Port - Moroccan specialities : 04 66 75 62 91
- Au Far Breton - creperie on a barge https://au-far-breton-
- L'Epicerie - https://www.lepicerie-
- The price for the visit is €12 per person, paid in advance. This includes an English-speaking guide, half-day visit, tasting of Roman and contemporary wines with Roman-themed apéritif snacks.
- Maximum participants : 30.
- As numbers are very limited, this activity is open to members only, with booking on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Booking deadline : Friday 9 October.
- If the event is cancelled for any reason, you will be advised by email before 8.00am on 13 October.
IMPORTANT! Regardless of the weather, the visit will go ahead, as advance payment has been made to secure the booking. Therefore once the final number has been confirmed, cancellations are not possible. Thus unless a replacement can be found to take your place, you will be charged for the visit. Your understanding is appreciated.
Please be considerate - last-minute cancellations or no-shows deprive another member of the opportunity of attending