This summer has been legendary for France’s leader in biodynamic wine production, Gérard Bertrand. The acclaimed French winemaker’s biodynamic wine estate, Château l’Hospitalet, was honored on Celebrated Living’s”Platinum List 2019: Best Vineyard Experience.” American Airlines’s luxury publication (available in premium cabins) chose the charming Narbonne estate for its “multisensory experience,” which, as Bertrand says, allows guests to “see, smell and sense the energy of life here and understand what we do.”
Bertrand is on a roll this summer and was proud to earn another exciting award in July at the International Wine Challenge 2019. Gérard Bertrand’s Château l’Hospitalet Grand Vin AOP La Clape 2017 was named WorldChampion Red Wine.
Gérard Bertrand began his life in the vineyard at the age of ten. As a winegrower and owner of 15 estates, he has spent the past 30 years helping reinvent his native Languedoc wine region in southern France, propelling it to one of the world’s best.
Nestled between France’s La Clape Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Château l’Hospitalet offers visitors a360-degree immersive wine experience, from guided tours of the vineyard to winery tastings, a renowned annual jazz festival, and multi-course pairings at Michelin-recommended restaurant, L’Art de Vivre. Packages with the restaurant’s head chef, Laurent Chabert, take guests into the winery’s organic garden to pluck produce used in cooking courses. Offers include a stay at the recently renovated 38-room hotel, where guests can lounge in a heated pool overlooking the vines and the Mediterranean Sea, practice golf, or play tennis. The hotel also offers daily painting or sculpture workshops at the onsite artist “village” of shops.
“Languedoc has emerged as a benchmark of quality both in France and in the world,” Bertrand says. “It’s an honor to see our hard work pay off and promote a concept we care so deeply about — showing respect to nature, from the vines to the bottle.”