On The Road With Andrew Caillard: Part 2



The biodynamic Chateau La Coste is the most exciting and progressive wine estate in Provence. Combining wine, food, art, architecture and hospitality, the property is a paradise for wine and art lovers from all-walks-if-life. The gravity-fed winery, designed by the great French architect Jean Nouvel, comprises a marvellous underground cellar. A sculpture park representing many of the world's greatest modem and contemporary sculptors (Tadao Ando, Louise Bourgeois, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sean Scully and Alexander Calder), surrounds the vineyard.

The estate has a wonderful luxury hotel several restaurants for every budget and planned accommodation for backpackers. The stylish rose wines, based on grenache, syrah, cinsault and cabernet sauvignon are at the cutting edge of the Provencal aesthetic. They are modern, expressive, minerally and lovely refreshing styles. Chateau La Coste might not have the celebrity of Miraval or Whispering Angel, but it's a wine project of great beauty, imagination and generosity of spirit. A must visit! 



Barolo is one of the most magical wine regions of the world with a unique wine and food culture. Within driving distance of Milan and in the shadow of the Italian Alps, the dramatic topography of sweeping vineyard plots, ancient villages and hairpin roads is inspirational. It is here that Nebbiolo and La Dolca Vita reach their glorious zenith. There are 11 communes in the region including Barolo, Castiglione Falleto, Serralunga d'Alba, and La Morra each has its own distinct personality. Trattoria della Posta at Sant' Anna near Monforte d'Alba, made more famous by the 2014 film The Trip to Italy with Rob Brydan and Steve Coogan, is a truly wonderful place for traditional Piedmontese cuisine. The wine list is quite amazing. Roberto Voerzio, Vietti, Ceretto and Aldo Conterno are my favourite producers but I have a special soft spot for Michele Chiarlo who makes some of the best value wines of the region.



Prosecco, a grape variety as well as an Italian DOC or DOCG, is famously associated with the sparkling wines of the Veneto and Friuil Venezia Giulia wine regions of North-East Italy. These styles are fun, relatively inexpensive and a great alternative to champagne. They also capture the relaxed, noisy and effervescent Italian lifestyle. Venice is really the gateway to Prosecco. While it can be very touristy during the height of summer, it is a great place to walk for hours along the narrow streets and canals. My favourite place is the GuSBenheim museum ef modern art on the Grand Canal. Verona where vinitaly takes place - is a chaotic but charming ancient city with a wonderful Roman Amphitheatre. Santa Margherita at Villanova Santa Margherita
(Venezia) and Zonin at Gambellara (Vincenza), which both produce beautiful proseccos are wonderful places to visit. They offer really interesting guided tours of their wineries and informative tastings.