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The Limousin used to be a major wine-growing region in the Middle Ages, although it later declined in the face of various setbacks (epidemics, rural exodus, etc.). Some enthusiastic, determined producers have revived the region's wine-growing tradition and it now has four wines: - "vin paillé" (30 ha, Queyssac area) is a natural sweet wine; the red wines come from cabernet and sauvignon grape varieties and the white wines from chardonnay and sauvignon. The grapes harvested in late September are left to dry on a straw bed until December or even February (sugar concentrates in the grape through dehydration) and it takes two years' to make.

"Mille et une pierres" (replanted on 30 ha in 1968) is a red or rosé wine that comes from cabernet franc, merlot and gamay grape varieties, grown in the south of the Corrèze department; - Verneuil rosé wine, certified as a local wine from Haute-Vienne (replanted in 1990, dating from the 16th century) comes from a gamay grape variety and represents 10 000 to 18 000 cols; - saillant (near Allassac) is one of the oldest vineyards in France and was very popular with popes and monks of Cluny abbey. It was re-launched in 2003 and now grows on 15 ha of Vézère hillsides (chenin, sauvignon gris and chardonnay grape varieties for the white wines, merlot and cabernet for the red and rosé wines).

It was once hidden in the hills, an attractive vine asleep for years. One day a group of men and women passionate decided to give it new life and shine. Ungrateful white pebbles springs the Arabian stones. Located south of the Corrèze, the borders of Limousin, Quercy and Perigord, the small town of Branceilles had its first known wine from 1878. Then, the vineyard left part of its soil for planting truffle oaks and walnut trees. Wine, truffles and walnuts and permanently marked our history.

Sylvie, Jean-Paul, Fred, Michael, Vincent, Laurence, Georges, Philippe, Pierre, Philippe are winemakers who work their fields in a common quality control. The "Valley of the Dordogne Corrézienne" offers Branceilles, on clay-limestone soil, a land where the Arabian Stones draws its unique typicality. 30 hectares are planted around the village of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay and gamay.

LES VIGNERONS DE VERNEUIL - click to view on map
Route du Vignoble
Lieu-dit la Croix des Chanceaux
87430 Verneuil-sur-Vienne
http://www.leverneuillais.fr/

Cave Viticole De Branceilles - click to view on map
19500 BRANCEILLES
http://www.vindebranceilles.com/

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