As Christmas is nearly here, and in a spirit of goodwill, I will not use the word ‘B****T !!
If you are thinking of ‘upping sticks’ and starting a hospitality business in France the winter months can be a good time to be looking. This enables you to see all the rooms in a B & B / chambres d’hôte when there are no guests for example. Quite apart from being able to recommend several specialist agencies for hospitality businesses all around France, we also have partner agents for farms, equestrian properties and vineyards. Having been in the wine business for a considerable part of my working life, I have a particular interest in vineyards. Here is a small selection of businesses:
More details of these properties can be found on the web site.
ow something different and nothing to do with real estate: FRENCH ‘ICE WINE’ There are a small number of wine producers in the Savoie, (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region), who have been harvesting their grapes whilst frozen. The grapes are picked early in the morning when they are frozen on the vine and remain frozen as they are pressed. They will stay in temperatures of under 3° C for the next 48 hours. The frozen grapes and juice are then suspended from a helicopter and flown up to the mountains around Mont Blanc where they will freeze for a second time. This intensive process results in a highly concentrated sweet and high sugar wine. This is because the water in the grapes freezes, but sugars and other solids do not, thereby allowing the juice to become sweeter and more concentrated. It is only after these two stages that a normal fermentation will take place. Over 8000 bottles of this superb Savoie wine are sold every year and, needless to say, prices are high! (My thanks to ‘the conexion’ for some of this information.
I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year – and goodness knows what that will bring!! William Pearson
Prime French Properties Mail Box PFP 19 Broad Street Seaford, East Sussex. BN25 1LS UNITED KINGDOM