A walk in the Savoie vineyards

Mont Granier towers ovver the vineyards of Abymes, Savoie

For the last six years Vins de Savoie, this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of becoming an AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée), have organised the annual La Balade Gourmande dans les Vignes in a different wine region within Savoie. We were invited to join a group of journalists to accompany more than 2000 other participants on a very hot Sunday in July.

We walked through the vineyards of Abymes in the lee of the dramatic Mont Granier which, in 1248, split asunder killing about many people as landslides and huge rocks cascaded down the mountain, dramatically changing the geology and landscape.

The nine kilometre walk started by the pretty Lac St André, one of many small lakes caused by the disaster. We were bussed up into the heart of the vineyards so that we could walk down, for most of the way, back to the lake through the vines and small villages.

The special treat on this walk were the seven stages where we could pause and enjoy delicious food prepared by Michael Arnoult, two-star chef of the restaurant Les Morainières, accompanied by the wines of Abymes.

Here are some photos of our day in the vineyards together with my very personal video of the walk in the vines!

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Collecting our glass, and spoon!

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Sometimes there was some shade…

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

First stop – snails and Abymes!

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Graciously served by one the many volunteers

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Escargot du pays, petits pois et ail des ours

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

There were lots of informative signs along the way

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

loos in the vines

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Explanations too – here the geology

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Time for another stop

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

a glass of wine

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Girolles, noisettes, sablé croquant et bouillon beurré –  with rosé d’Abymes, of course!

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Mont Granier is always there

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

The landscape is littered with huge rocks from the 1248 landslide

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

An old school

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Dancing girls too!

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Another refreshing pause

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Lavaret du Lac du Bourget, quinoa et sabayon d’écrevisses

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Beehives amongst the vines

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Fortunately, the grim reaper took a day off…

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Wink had time to pose

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

whilst the cat-like pylons bestrode some of the vines

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Le trou savoyard – sorbet et eau de vie de poire – by la distillerie ambulante

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Sarto – small buildings housing a wine press and cellar in the heart of the vines

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

And there was music…

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Time for the main course

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Quasi de veau, jus de Mondeuse, parfum de thym sauvage

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

La Pierre hachée – a huge rock that split in half when landed

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

On the homeward stretch

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Very young grapes

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Wink tried to drive this old Renault tractor…

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

whilst I considered a bath with Ricard…

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

A monument to the vine?

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

We bypassed the cheese stop as the queue was too long

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

but admired the views over to another Savoie region, Chignin

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

All too soon we were back by the lake

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Crème légère miel de sapin, fraise du pays et crumble with Abymes sparkling

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Charm in the heart of the vines!

Balade dans les Vignes, Abymes

Planet Abymes

Do have a look at my video of our walk:

 

Thank you, les Vignerons d’Abymes, for organising a great day out amongst the vines!

4 thoughts on “A walk in the Savoie vineyards

  1. Thank you Bret for this beautiful video report, it gave me the possibility to relive this wonderful walk
    Serenella

    • The producers and many helpers, as well as the fine weather, made for a great day!
      Thank you for your comment!

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