Bellet: The urban appellation of Nice

  • A tough January weather-wise

    Heavy rain over the weekend of 18 to 20 January 2014 between the Italian port of Genoa and the French port of Toulon led to flooding, landslides and destruction. Many roads were closed due to either being washed away of landslides closing the route. Vineyards on the hillsides of Dolceacqua and Bellet saw water cascading […]

  • Bellet Portes Ouvertes 30 November and 1 December 2013

    One of the major problems with any northern hemisphere pre-Christmas promotion, is the weather, and 2013 was no exception. I could only go on Saturday 30th – and the weather was – well, to put it mildly, bad! With snow being threatened by the weather forecasters, we drove down in raging winds and rain, wrapped […]

  • 2013 Annual Bellet Vintage Tasting

    The launch of the 2012 White and Rosé vintage and older Reds Every spring, in April or May, the Bellet appellation hosts its new vintage tasting. The tasting is important for the vineyards keen to show the wines currently available to the region’s sommeliers and wine shop owners as well as journalists. This year’s was […]

  • Launch of Book on Bellet Wines

    Saturday 24th November was a bright sunny day – auspicious for the launch of the first commercial book on Bellet, written by local winemaker and politician Olivier Bettati, on the terrace of Château de Crémat. He owns Bellet vineyard Clos Nicea. The launch was packed, attended by dozens of locals – many of whom evidently […]

  • Sale of Château de Bellet

    In one of the most spectacular transactions to have taken place within the Bellet appellation, the 13 hectares of vineyards of the region’s oldest and most renowned domaine, Château de Bellet, have been sold, writes Elizabeth Gabay MW. Château de Bellet has been owned the family of Ghislain de Charnacé since the Renaissance, and is […]

  • 2008 Annual Bellet Vintage Tasting

    Last week I attended the launch of the new 2008 vintage of white and rose Bellet wines at the Château de Bellet. Eleven domaines were present in the tasting room of the château with views over the hills of Bellet down towards the sea. Unfortunately it was an overcast day with grey blustery clouds threatening […]

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