The Normandy peninsula of Cotentin offers its first harvest


Wine production is a very old story in Normandy. 299814078/Rostislav Sedlacek - stock.adobe.com

Since the release of vine planting rights in 2016 by the EU, around thirty wine estates have already been created in Normandy.

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Known for its seaside resort located in the heart of the Côte des Îles, Barneville-Carteret could soon be known for its… wine. The first harvests of the Muûs estate began last weekend. Six thousand vines were planted a little over a year ago on a small hillside of 1.5 hectares facing south and benefiting from a subsoil of schist and sandstone. For this test harvest, the grapes will be processed into fruit juice at a nearby cider house. But, next year, the founder of this professional vineyard, François Lecourt, hopes to be able to vinify his grapes in the cellar to produce a sparkling white or rosé wine. This will require the young engineer of the Ponts et Chaussées, only 31 years old, the approval of customs.

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