of France

France makes more wine than any other country in the world. Much of the French wine stays in France where it is savored by the French

as part of the special quality of life they enjoy. Most of the wine comes from small, humble farms. These are family- owned and -run

vineyards of less than 50 acres. They are farms, which families have nurtured and sustained for generations. It is indeed the 

stoney terroir that provides the delightful unique nuances to these tasty wine of the Languedoc region.

Picking on one of the more than 200 small farms, top, in the Saint Chinian area. Farmers, left and above left, haul their grapes for the vinification. Thomas Negre and Bruno Pellegrini run the vineyard Chateau Ricardelle.