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This September marks the bicentenary of Noilly Prat, celebrating 200 years of one of the world’s finest vermouths. Made in the south of France, the secret recipe of this fine vermouth has been handed down from generation to generation since 1813.
To celebrate this milestone, Noilly Prat is giving you the chance to win a trip for two to its harbour-side home in Marseillan, where the savoir-faire of the maître de chai continues to preserve the exceptional craftsmanship of Noilly Prat.
Take in the sights, sample the local wines, relax in sun-drenched cafés overlooking the sea, try your hand at pétanque in the heart of the village and indulge in the region’s oysters and fine cuisine.
The story of Noilly Prat begins on the weather-beaten, wooden sailing ships of the 19th century, which endured journeys across oceans with cargo that included casks of wine. Fully exposed on deck, the wines were aged in a unique way over these long journeys, deepening their colour and creating a more pronounced and powerful flavour.
Having discovered this unique ageing process, Joseph Noilly was inspired to age wines outdoors over 12 months. From Noilly’s discovery in 1813 to this day, the same technique is still used to create the unique taste and character of Noilly Prat Original Dry.
To be in with a chance to explore Noilly Prat’s home in Marseillan, enter the competition here.
The competition will close at noon (GMT) on Monday 7 October 2013 and the winner will be announced on Thursday 10 October.
Your prize will include:
• Two return flights to Montpellier airport and transfers from your nearest capital city airport
• Two nights’ stay at the luxury boutique hotel Port Rive Gauche in Marseillan
• A guided tour of La Maison Noilly Prat with the maître de chai
• Dinner for two at a local harbour-side restaurant