Bonsoir in the Vineyards

In the small village of Montagne, located in the middle of as-far-as-the-eye-can-see vineyards in southwestern France, stand two well-preserved moulins (windmills) that are the pride-and-joy of a local winery, Chateau Saint Jacques Calon, the producer of a fine Bordeaux region Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend, Cuvée des Moulins.

Back in the mid 1800s, all across l’Hexagone vintners were under attack by a tiny aphid invader from North America that systematically brought the entire French wine industry to its knees, region by region, vineyard by vineyard. In anticipation of the imminent devastation, chateaus rushed to construct windmills to serve as the workhorse for their backup plan: burn down the vineyards, temporarily grow and harvest wheat and mill it into flour until the earth below was renewed and newly planted vines could take root and flourish.

As daytime exhales its final, long deep breath signaling nighttime’s arrival, there’s really no better place to be than alongside the rose-colored windmills of Chateau Saint Jacques Calon to watch the setting sun bid bonsoir in the vineyards.

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Very interesting story, Tom. I like it when regions/people are proactive and resilient when things like this happen. Beautiful photos also. 😉


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