The dynamic Mayor of Ménerbes Yves Rousset-Rouard knows how to move minds and cut deals. He made a name for himself in the film biz as producer of Emmanuelle flicks, as well as the less racy more traditional work of George Roy Hill and Joseph Losey. Charming and personable: aucun snobisme.
One of his brilliant ‘productions’ in Ménerbes is the Maison de la Truffe et du Vin, which sits on the eastern tip – the raised bow – of the elongated perched village.
On the lower floor you can taste Luberon wines from about 50 vineyards; the wine shop sells bottles at the same price you would pay at the winery. One can take a journey to Luberon appellations for tastings at the far flung wineries without eating up days as well as petrol.
The ‘Maison” also has a shop on the main floor offering olive oil and delicacies of the region. Lunch and dinner (two nights a week) are served in the sculpture garden. The top floor and sculpture garden host art exhibits.
From April 30 until June 6, the ‘Maison’ will be exhibiting the paintings – seascapes – of Jean-Pierre Blanche (photo l.), the equilibriums (photo above r.) of Nadine Fourré, and the structures / mobiles of Jacques Salles (photo ctr) on its second floor and in its sculpture garden.
Maison de la Truffe et du Vin Maison: Place de l’horloge, 84560 Ménerbes, Tél 04 90 72 38 37, website
Vernissage: Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Exhibition until June 6. Open 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 18, Museum Night, Open until 10:00 p.m.