Prince Félix – Luxembourg's royal winemaker
(CS/A.F.) Luxembourg's Prince Félix and Princess Claire on Wednesday presented wines from their family-run estate "Château les Crostes", where the couple has lived since their September wedding.
The vineyard is located in Lorgues in the southern French region of Provence. Félix and Claire moved into the estate's château when they returned from their honeymoon.
The winery is co-owned by Claire's father, Harmut Lademacher, and it was announced ahead of the wedding that the newlyweds would manage the estate, while Claire will finish her PhD studies in organ donation ethics at the same time.
On Wednesday, the pair presented the winery's products for the first time. These included three red wines – Syrah (or Shiraz), Grenache and Cabernet. Two rosé wines, Cinsault and Grenache, are also on the menu as well as two white wines, Sémillon and Rolle (also known as Vermentino), a rarity in a region that specialises in red wines.
Prince Félix is taking his role managing the estate seriously and has been taking oenology classes to deepen his understanding of wine.
He is not the first royal, however, to try his hand in the world of vino, with Prince Robert of Luxembourg, first cousin of Grand Duke Henri, owner of the "Château Haut-Brion" winery.