The famous ‘Bocage Normand’

At the time of global warming, the culture of the vine is starting to reborn today in Normandy, a French region near Paris famous for its cider and its various cheeses (birthplace of Camembert). So much so that we now have a total of more than 54 hectares of vines as well as around fifty winegrowers.

After having completely disappeared in the 18th century, the vineyards of Normandy began to be reborn in the 1990s to the point of having obtained a dedicated IGP (IGP Clavados). This dynamic is currently increasing, favored by global warming and by the ‘release of plantations’ voted in 2016. Indeed, the European Parliament authorizes, since January 1, 2016, the planting of new vineyards, within the limit of 1% annual of the area already planted.

Harvesting grapes in Normandy before the vineyards almost disappeared

The Pays d’Auge region (the capital is Lisieux) can be considered the epicenter of this phenomenon. This region is indeed at the heart of this new dynamic, in particular thanks to its micro-climate but, above all, thanks to the composition of its soil (and subsoil) which suggests a lot of promise on the wine-growing potential of the region. The region is actually on the same geological level as the Burgundy region of the Côte de Nuits, renowned for its great wines. It has a clay-limestone soil, superficial and very stony, which developed on a Jurassic limestone rock, hard, but cracked.

“some vineyards show real quality potential for the coming decade”

The vineyards of the region have often been created by passionate locals who wish to enhance their terroir and bring this old, totally forgotten wine region back to life. It should be noted that most productions are often entirely organic since their creation. Although little known, some vineyards show real qualitative potential for the coming decade, the most famous of them being that of ‘Arpents du Soleil’ founded by Gerard Samson.

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