When a major upheaval let emerge some beautiful action of solidarity, it’s necessary to speak about it. The winegrowers of the only cooperative winery in the Faugères appellation, Le Mas Olivier, have decided to invite 10 winemakers to their wine shop. L’Oustal des Schistes (Laurens, 34) open its doors to the winemakers most affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Monday April 27, Mas Olivier, cooperative winery of the AOC Faugères is going to welcome 2 independent winemakers of the appellation to allow them to sell their wines in their wineshop. The following week it will be 2 other winemakers who will be highlighted and so on for the next 5 weeks.
This allows the independent winemakers to have an additional place to sell their wines while many wine merchants and all restaurants are currently closed. The cooperative cellar of Faugères also offers winemakers who wish to buy their wine in bulk. In order to free up some cash because #laVigneContinue and therefore the expenses related to the maintenance of the vines too. This also frees up a little space in the cellars to host the new harvest.
“Life is not waiting for the storms to pass, it’s to learn to dance in the rain,” recently reminded Carole Delga, the president of the Occitanie region. We have decided to put this Seneca quote into practice. Today, this territory includes 144 wine-growers and wine-growers, all producers of AOP Faugères. They are the economic lung of our seven rural villages. If they disappear, the vitality of our territories will be jeopardized. Here we are. Change is first of all a change of point of vief. It is at work and we are all actors ”. Nathalie Caumette, president of the Faugères appellation
At Faugères, a change of philosophy is taking place, yesterday’s oppositions are no longer those of today, differences are no longer the engine of a frantic competition where you have to win or die. On the contrary, they are the source of new forms of cooperation which participate in an adaptation effort.