Tasting Les Vignobles de Berne at the Kronenhalle Zurich
The Kronenhalle Restaurant in Zurich is legendary amongst artists, writers, business men and women and people living in Zurich as well as visitors from all over the world. They come here to eat the classic cuisine for which it’s famous, to admire the beautiful décor and to take in the ambiance of this traditional restaurant which has been operating since 1924.
Family Run Wine Company
The other day as the Spring sunshine was beating down on the city and it felt more like Summer than Spring, Les Vignobles de Berne held a tasting of their beautiful crisp Provencal rosé wines in one of the dining rooms at the Kronenhalle. It was fitting weather for wine which hails from a family run company based in sunny Provence in France.
Family Firm with British Connections
In 2007 a British businessman and wine lover purchased 3 vineyards in Provence in France: Château de Berne, Château des Bertrands and Ludovic de Beauséjour vineyards, to form “Les Vignobles de Berne”, which together total more than 250 acres of vines.
Affordable Rosé Wine
To start with we began tasting the following rosé wines – Château de Berne, Château des Bertrands, Domaine Ludovic de Beauséjour, Château des Launes and Château de Roux. The wines were of varying shades of rosé, from a really pale blush to almost salmon pink and I recognised one of them – Château de Berne – from its distinctive square bottle. It was one I have previously purchased (and very much enjoyed!) from my local Coop in Zurich. In fact this particular wine, the Terres de Berne Rosé retails at around CHF 12, proving that these wines as well as tasting very good, are also very affordable.
Lunch at the Kronenhalle
Before long it was time to sit down to lunch at the tables swathed in starched linen and enjoy the beautiful cuisine. After a duck and rhubarb starter, we had poached fillet of zander accompanied by red beetroot. The roast chicken was served with a black truffle sauce along with mashed potato and seasonal vegetables. It was all delicious and married very well with the Provencal wine. As a finale we had a soup of exotic fruits with refreshing sorbet.
Provence Produces 14% of the World’s Rosé Wine
Over lunch Wine Managing Director, Thomas de Lagarde told us about the importance of the Provencal area of France for the production of rosé wine. Every year they produce 150 million bottles. As well as accounting for 14% of the world’s rosé production and for 40% of French AOC rosé wine, it is rosé wine which predominates. Red wine makes up only 9% of the region’s wine production and white wine accounts for just 3%. Provence truly is the land of rosé!
It was a great opportunity to try some delicious food and wine in fabulous surroundings. The wooden panelled walls are hung with beautiful paintings and the plush interior is classic yet comforting, you get a distinct feeling of a bygone era – a wonderful experience!
So when you’re next looking for a crisp Summer wine, why not try some Provencal “sunshine in a bottle” from Les Vignobles de Berne?
Les Vignobles de Berne
Address: Route de Salernes, 83510 Lorgues, France
Tel: +33 04 94 60 43 52
For more information on Les Vignobles de Berne wines please visit their website here.
The Kronenhalle Restaurant
Address: Rämistrasse 4, 8001 Zurich
Tel: +41 44 262 99 00
Visit the Kronenhalle Restaurant website here.
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