Since 1994, at the top of the village of Gigondas, sculptures by contemporary artists have been on display for visitors along our terraces, near our ramparts, on our tiny squares and in our gardens. This year, the dozen art works installed around the Hospices and their colours will take part in the festivities surrounding the 50th anniversary of our appellation.
Residents of the village of Gigondas and Gigondas estates and wine businesses are invited to a cocktail party with a buffet on the village square.
This informal event will mark the start of festivities for the 50th anniversary!
Our ‘A La Croisée des Terroirs’ or ‘Where the vineyard sites meet’ event has had a complete make-over. A walk through the vineyards of Gigondas will be curated for the public. Through its plants, geology and an interpretation of the landscapes, Gigondas will reveal its secrets. The walk will be followed by an open-air lunch in a Gigondas estate attended by winegrowers.
This annual event is designed to allow wines from the vintage currently being matured to be tasted, in the same conditions as journalists, critics and sommeliers, who will be welcomed by the appellation. It also offers attending winegrowers, negociants, brokers and winemakers the opportunity to discuss the vintage at their ease in a relaxed atmosphere.
Get out the check tablecloths and wicker hampers – it’s time for Gigondas winegrowers to indulge in an al fresco festive meal! Under the shade of the cedar trees, we will meet up to savour some light-hearted freedom in the grounds of Château Saint-André in Gigondas.
A charity rugby match on the Vaison-La-Romaine rugby pitch sees the winegrowers of Gigondas come up against the Vaison Veterans, joined by former international players.
The match will be followed by an auction of Gigondas wines and all the proceeds will be donated to a children’s charity.
The French and international press is invited to a ground-breaking event in the Gigondas wine region. The event is an invitation to dive deep into the heart of Gigondas through its stories, vintages and rare wines. A prestige tasting will take guests on a journey back in time
and will be followed by a food and wine pairing dinner designed by two Michelin-starred chefs at Domaine du Clos des Tourelles.
A charity concert will be held on the village square in Gigondas.
All of the proceeds will be donated to the Gigondas Parish Charity Association and used for restoration work on Saint Cosme chapel.
Two conferences, open to all, will be held at the Hospices de Gigondas. The first conference will be co-hosted by agronomists and soil experts Lydia and Claude Bourguignon and wine geologist Georges Truc. The second conference will be co-hosted by doctor of neuroscience Gabriel Lepousez and Franck Thomas, Best French Craftsman and Europe’s Best Sommelier.
By comparing and contrasting the sommelier profession and neuroscience,
they will provide two expert perspectives on the art of tasting and analyse differing approaches to the flavour of wine.
Over a dinner hosted on the village square, winegrowers and their guests will share their most treasured wines, not only showcasing the Gigondas appellation but also wines from around the world. Everyone brings their own little gems to share with the other guests.
To coincide with its 50th anniversary, Gigondas is paying a visual tribute to the men and women
who have personified the appellation over the years. A film shows animated sequences that breathe life into the pictures presented beforehand,
alternating with filmed testimonials of winegrowers, the appellation’s protagonists.
The Gigondas appellation is celebrating its wines and gourmet foods in a summer evening event on the village square. The menu includes local, site-expressive produce orchestrated by talented chefs and artisans with a passion for wine. This is where winegrowers eager to reach out and lovers of good food meet. All participants have to do is sit back and enjoy the resultant food and wine pairings, from starter to pudding!
Come test your sense of smell in a bastion of mediaeval history – the Hospices de Gigondas. The winegrowers of Gigondas have partnered with the Jean Lenoir publishing house to create a ‘scent trail’. Twelve notes in three stages allow you to discover the broad array of aromas in the appellation’s wines. One area is specifically designed to stimulate children’s sense of smell. In the terroir and biodiversity area, an incredible animated film on the geological formation of the Dentelles de Montmirail reveals another aspect of our mountain range…
The Gigondas appellation continues its quest to conquer the great capitals of the world and develop its reputation and image among industry members in export markets.
An image-building event will take place in Cologne, Germany.
From June to September, GIGONDAS is hosting a series of ‘OFF-site’, satellite events in the appellation’s wineries and wine businesses, including concerts, art exhibitions and illuminations.
The programme will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2021.