We’re back in France in the vineyard where much of my research into resveratrol started, and in continuation with our series of wellness exploration and all things French, in this video I discuss grapes and resveratrol with my old friend, Thierry.
Thierry is a 7th generation vintner in the Sassignac region of France, near Bordeaux, where he and his wife, own and operate the Chateau Le Payral vineyard and produce somewhere in the region of 90,000 bottles per year of red and white wines. It’s safe to say that this guy knows his grapes. Well, that’s the very subject of this video, and how I ended up here many, many years ago after a long search for the right source. But Thierry’s knowledge, and what I’ve learned from him does not end there. That is only where the story begins.
Thierry is a biodynamic winemaker. What does that mean exactly? Well we’ll delve further into that in the next video but the short answer is that he uses farming techniques based on the work of Rudolph Steiner which essentially involves organic farming practices, zero fertilizer or pesticides, but also goes a step further into such things as astronomical configurations for planting times and so much more, it is a topic that requires a lot of time and I will certainly go into more depth in the next video. So for the time being that should suffice as an explanation for biodynamic farming. Next is sulfite-free wines, another feature unique to Thierry’s technique and wines. What are sulfites are why should they not be in our wines? Well, I’m glad you asked. Headaches and hangovers are one reason, but sulfites are basically compounds that are chemical byproducts of the fermentation process and they are not good, we don’t want them. Let’s just put it that way for now until we get to further videos in which I will expound on in upcoming content. So basically sulfite-free wine is much better for us. We’ll leave it there for the time being.
Last, but certainly not least, is the “terroir", a French term meaning the soil or earth, which is also going to be touched on in the next video post, but to give you an idea, it relates to the seeds of the grapes, the “leftovers”, so to speak, in the winemaking process, but related to the little jewels that we also know as grapeseed. More on that later, though.
The intended takeaway from this particular video is not only hearing from the man himself on unique approaches to his farming and wine making methods, but above all, the importance of the skin of the grape, wherein resveratrol can be found. And resveratrol is, as you know truly fascinating, and my research and video posts will not end here. I have created many products utilizing the ingredients from this very vineyard to harness the magic of resveratrol and it is a subject of endless curiosity and countless possibilities.
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