The Place du Capitole welcomes around sixty Occitan winegrowers accompanied by local gourmet products.
“This festive event is a great opportunity to taste and build your cellar,” enthuses Fred, a visitor to the Harvest Festival which continues this Saturday at Place du Capitole. It is also a way of getting to know the vineyards of the south-west, from Aveyron to the Basque Country via Ariège and Dordogne, which are often wrongly overlooked ”.
An event set up by the Federation of Traders to revitalize the city center and enhance this terroir. Clara, Isabelle and Christelle are winegrowers in Gaillac. An activity which quietly, is available for women. The trio admits it: the people of Toulouse shunned the wines of Gaillac a little in favor of the wines of Fronton, Minervois and Bordeaux of course. “Wines that are nevertheless very interesting with a wide range,” they assure. Today we are offering a red, a pearl and dry white and a white and rosé bubble. These wines are best enjoyed with cassoulet, seafood or as an aperitif. And a soft white, which delights the palate with spicy cheeses such as Roquefort ”. They also present the Z’Elles Gaillacoise association, created in 2017 to protect the dovecotes, the most emblematic of the region and whose pigeon droppings were used as fertilizer, in the past for the vines.
Combined with the flavors of cheese and cold meats, the wine is revealed
Further down, Didier Pelvillain has been a winemaker for five generations, wines from Cahors. “This year, fans are intrigued by this novelty, reserved for Toulouse residents,” he explains, designating Le Diabl’o, a vintage 2020 cahors, designed without sulphite (preservative) and worked on a limestone and ferruginous soil to give it an aromatic and supple taste on the palate ”. This wine is drunk with fish, red meats or tapas. “Cahors wine has had a timid presence in Toulouse, but since its appellation ten years ago, success has established itself with new styles popular with both individuals and restaurateurs who do not hesitate to put it to their liking. menu ”, notes this winegrower. As we know, paired with cheeses or cold meats, the wine reveals itself and promises an exceptional tasting moment. The brand, Les Fromages de Cocagne (developed by François Bourgon from Chez Xavier) offers preparations from small producers, such as the Occitanie plate or the Aveyron raclette. To taste, according to Manon Gutierrez, communications manager, with a semi-dry white pediment or a light red gaillac ”. Or the Basque or Tarnese salting plate on the stand, Friends like Pigs, between ham and sausage. A delight.
This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Place du Capitole. Free entry, packaging, € 10. In partnership with the town hall of Toulouse, the Region and the MIN Occitanie.