I have now finished the silver vine leaf pendant that I mentioned in my last post, and also made some sweet little matching earrings. As promised, there are some photos below. Both pieces are now for sale on my Etsy shop.
Auvergne is not currently one of the better-known wine growing areas of France, and although there are a number of vineyards in our area, very little (if any) of their wine makes it to the UK.
As I understand it, the area was hit by the phylloxera epidemic that destroyed many of France’s vines later than other areas, because of its geographical isolation. Much of the expertise and manpower needed to restock and revive the industry was then lost during the First World War. This, coupled with an ongoing trend of rural depopulation, led to a long period of decline.
It is still possible to glimpse the extent of wine growing in the region in the remains of terraces on south-facing hillsides, and in the occasional vines that can be found growing wild.
Meanwhile, a dedicated band of growers are gradually re-establishing the reputation of Côtes d’Auvergne wines. Obviously, we are fully supportive of their endeavours!