Sunday, 12 September 2010

A SHOCK - going thirsty at Montpellier Airport

There is a large sign at Montpellier airport, welcoming you to the largest vineyard in the world. And most of the publicity boards are wine-related, Listel, Jeanjean, Val d'Orbieu amongst others. Even the barriers at the car park say: En Languedoc Roussillon, découvrez les produits and les vins du Sud de France - discover the produce and wines of the south of France. So imagine how I felt last night, when I arrived at the airport after a somewhat gruelling drive along the A9 motorway, and thought that a restorative glass of wine would while away the time, while waiting for my husband’s delayed flight - we had already agreed that he was going to drive home. I asked the airport café what the choice of white wine was, to be told that they hadn’t any left – je n’en ai plus. I was gob-smacked. They hadn’t any red wine either. Indeed the only alcoholic drink available was Amstel beer. And this is in the airport that services the largest vineyard in the world, for the vineyard area of Languedoc-Roussillon, although declining, nonetheless totals over 200,000 hectares. Would somebody please tell the airport café manager?

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