Here, reflection and history are in the air. I’m certainly not religious, but somehow the Abbaya de Lerins of Ile Saint Honorat creates a sense of peacefulness.
The monks harvest around 12 hectares of wine on the island. Initially, they grew grapes for communion wine, as it was cheaper to produce than importing from the mainland. Perhaps the taste was so good – and the white wine is particularly distinctive and delicious – that they decided to make it into a commercial business.
Tourists are able to purchase a bottle of wine for a lovely souvenir. Prices range from €35 to €200. Wines on offer include:
- Cuvee Saint Pierre (white)
- Cuvee Saint Honorat (red)
- Cuvee Saint Sauveur (Syrah)
- Cuvee Saint Cezaire (Chardonnay)
- Cuvee Saint Lambert (Mourvedre)
- Saint Salonius (Pinot Noir)
In addition to wine producing and tasting, Lerins Abbey on the Isle of Sacred Wines also offers spiritual retreats and conference facilities.
For more information on Lerins Abbey, visit: www.abbayedelerins.com
*During my visit to Lerins Abbey I was hosted by @Visitcotedazur, Palais des Festivals et Des Congres Cannes and We Like Travel. All views and opinions are my own.