Wine and aliens; the forbidden pairing.
So it’s the 1950’s and France is dominating the international market in the fine wine world. In the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region Syrah, Grenache, and Mouvedre run king (still do today). Though a quality producing appellation, the mayor wanted more exposure for the village and it’s wine.
Enter the aliens.
Former mayor Lucien Jeune issued a ban in 1954, which states: “Any aircraft, known as flying saucer or flying cigar, which should land on the territory of the community will be immediately held in custody.” It goes on to specify flying over or landing in vineyards specifically is illegal.
The ban was based on a story based on a local man who said he had seen a cigar shaped flying vehicle or ‘cigare volant’ in French.
Cheers for now