18 October 2022

Writers’ Retreat
at Château de Ferrand

Writers Retreat au Château de Ferrand
first edition of the Writers’ retreat at château de ferrand

Few weeks ago, Château de Ferrand Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé had the pleasure of welcoming writers and journalists for a literary retreat among the vines. Curated in collaboration with Wine Lister, this event was a wonderful opportunity to bring together personalities from different spheres of wine writing – print media, digital press, tourism publications – united by a love of wine and words.

The first edition gathered Georgina Hindle (Decanter), Charlie Geogehan (Berry Brothers), Hannah Crosbie (Influenceur, The Dalston Wine Club), Lisse Garnett (Wine Anorak/The Spectator), Wendy Narby (Insider Tasting), Judy O’Kane (World of Fine Wine, Irish Times), Aaron Rowlands (Cult Wines), Red Stevens (Honest Grapes) and Sophie Thorpe (Fine+Rare).

A beautiful and meaningful project for Château de Ferrand, a property that has always been inextricably linked to the art of writing. Indeed, the estate’s original owner, the nobleman and politician Élie de Bétoulaud, was well-known locally for his poetry and his links to the 17th-century Parisian literary set known as the précieuses. The estate’s current owners are the heirs of Baron Bich, founder of the BIC Group – responsible for manufacturing one of the most trusted implements in a writer’s toolkit.

Friday, October 7th – Beginning of the Writers Retreat

Once arrived at Château de Ferrand, writers and journalists were able to get to know each other over a cocktail, followed by a dinner in the Orangery. The evening was highlighted by an horizontal tasting of the 2018 vintage: six well-known wines from France, Italy or even Australia, all tasted blind. A nice moment of sharing aroung wine!

Vue de la table installée dans l'Orangerie du Chateau
dinner in the orangery
Aperçu des vins dégustés à l'aveugle
horizontal tasting of the 2018 vintage

Saturday, October 8th – Focusing on Château de Ferran and Cabernet Franc

Saturday morning started with a discussion session led by Georgina Hindle and Charlie Geoghegan, about the challenges and issues of wine writing today. Then followed a tour of the property and the vineyard, a vertical tasting of Château de Ferrand Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé (vintages 2016 to 2020), before heading to the park for a lunch under the 300 hundred years oaks.

Discussion dans l'Orangerie du Château
discussions about wine writing
Dégustation verticale des vins de Château de Ferrand
vertical tasting of château de ferrand 2016 to 2020

In the afternoon, guests were invited to the BIC tasting room for a masterclass onCabernet Franc led by consultant oenologist Axel Marchal, who has been working with Château de Ferrand for several years. A great opportunity to taste different batches of Cabernets Francs, in order to better understand the subtleties of this promising grape variety. Relatively to this, guests were able to enjoy a gastronomic dinner in the dining room paired with various French famous wines, recognized for the quality of their Cabernets Francs.

Masterclass autour du cabernet franc au Chateau de Ferrand
Masterclass on cabernet franc led by oenologist axel marchal
Vins dégustés samedi soir
tasting of prestigious wines

Sunday, October 9th – Visiting Saint-Emilion

On Sunday morning, guests discovered the medieval city of Saint-Emilion, its narrow streets, the unique architecture but and the emblematic wine properties. A key stop to end this inspiring weekend in the Bordeaux region!

chateau de ferrand writers retreat
Wendy Narby, Judy O’Kane, Aaron Rowlands, Lisse Garnett, Red Stevens, Hannah Crosbie, Sophie Thorpe
and Charlie Geogehan in front of Château de Ferrand