The “Bastide de Levi”.
Wine villages of the Gaillac region, France.
I just have given this painting a slight re working in my studio at Laborie mostly by adding a little more colour.
The original measures 40 x 50 cms (15¾” x 19¾”) and is offered for £550.00 ex studio ex frame.
Having previously identified the location I worked plien aire early one hazy morning from the road side.
The bastide de Levi is one of the smaller bastides (fortified hill top villages) built during the 13 th century to guard the northen frontires of the realm of the Count of Toulouse.
The bastide de Levi is situated near the old main road from Gaillac to Albi, near Albi than Gaillac in the Gaillac region. The bastide de Levi enjoys the benefit of 2 good restaurants and is home to several excellent Gaillac wines.
Products from Gaillac were routinely shipped via the port of Gaillac to Bordeaux for onward sale.
Products from Gaillac including wines were routinely shipped via the port of Gaillac down the river Tarn to Bordeaux for onward sale mostly to Britain, the Netherlands and more recently to the U S A.
It is claimed, George Washington enjoyed Gaillac wines.
Some Gaillac wines even reached the Kings of England as noted in ancient records in the Tower of London to the effect, the king like the wine and would have more.
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