Feeling a gravitational pull to the Provence, we decided to take our annual holidays there the following summers where we would take daily 10 to 20 km hikes to explore the countryside and villages, and wind up our excursions at a table at a restaurant ‘sympa’ such as ‘Camille’ in Carpentras.
From our gîte Cabanon St.Félix in Malemort-du-Comtat, we headed out for a morning trek and across the street, a sign ‘Château Unang’ grabbed our attention. We headed down the road toward the Château, coming upon a sign ‘Caveau’.
Arriving at the ‘Caveau’ and finding it unattended, we ventured through the vineyards, and came upon Mohammed, a man of Moroccan origin who has been working at the Unang vines for over 20 years. In the meantime (anno 2014) he is retired and returned to his home country. Mohammed gave us a briefing on the vineyard and the grapes, and showed us the path back to our cabanon. For us, this random meeting was meant to be. In other words, we felt compelled to return and complete the visit by tasting the wines.
Proud and passionate owners
A few days later in the late afternoon, we retraced our way back to the Caveau, and came across Joanna King, who is the proprietor of Château Unang along with her husband James, who herself had just popped in from tending to the vines.
Wine and cheese tasting
When Joanna caught sight of the ever-present camera which accompanies me, she inquired what subjects attract my lens. My spontaneous reply of wine and gourmet food married well with Joanna’s need for a photographer to document a wine and cheese tasting at the Château on September 10, 2012. I photographed for about two hours at the tasting, which featured the wines of Château Unang, cheeses from the Fromagerie Vigier de Carpentras, and olive oil from Restaurant Chez Serge. Also situated in Carpentras.
The next day when Joanna looked at my photos on her IPad, she was delighted with the artistry, and mentioned to us that there was a wine fair in October for which she wanted a sharp presentation.
Henk, WordPress webdesign expert, had already reviewed Unang’s website, and was ready with some ideas on how to revise and update the site. Joanna engaged Henk to design a small site for the wine fair. When we arrived back home North, Henk started designing a new format using my photographs, communicating daily on Facetime with Joanna for the texts, illustrations and changes she wanted to make.
The new Château Unang website was born and is impressive; downright pretty and the content is easy to access. A bit later, I started with the translations for a French version, which is now online too. Quite handy when residing in France 🙂
2015 Portes Ouvertes / Photo exposition
Beginning of 2015 started with a reason to open up a great bottle of Champagne…or should I say one of the finer Unang wines such as a ‘La Croix’ or a ‘La Source’ or any of theirs for that matter. Joanna contacted me to ask whether I would be interested to do a photo exposition at the caveau during the Portes Ouvertes on 25th April 2015. She always told me I should do more with my photographs taken around this area so this being said, I agreed immediately. Such an opportunity! The exposition has been prolonged throughout the summer months so do not hesitate to stop by during your visit to this truly beautiful place. And oh yes, the pictures are for sale so you can bring back home an ever lasting memory of your visit.
And to think for us it all started with a hike in the woods…