Soiree Heritage Style

The night was neo-retro….

Local BMW motorcycle dealer, Moto Speeder and L’Atelier 1937, purveyor of clothes, accessories with a vintage vibe, hosted a great soiree this March.  Rather than using the dealership as the background, a shop fitting the neo-retro theme was the perfect setting.  Our gracious hosts at L’Atelier 1937 treated us to a warm welcome, so warm that attendees showed up early and stayed late.

On display was the new Heritage line of BMW motorcycles: the NineT, Racer, & Scrambler.  A BMW R90S build from Make Moto was on hand, underlining the “heritage”.  The Heritage line pays hommage to its roots retaining the classic flat boxer twin motor.

Not to be outdone, an array of clothes & accessories were on display as well.  L’Atelier 1937, located in the heart of Grenoble, has only been open for a few months, but has already established a loyal following.  This is definitely the place to update your wardrobe if you fall for a NineT or café racer.

Proprietors, Thomas & Remi, are both avid motorcyclists.  Their collection features an array of fine merchandise.  You can get outfitted head-to-toe while talking bikes with them and having a very good cup of coffee.  From helmets to footwear, leather jackets to silk scarves, everything you might need, or haven’t thought of is here.  The shop itself is extremely well decorated with vintage tin signs, gas pumps and the like.

There was plenty of great conversation that night.  We saw some familiar faces and also met a lot of new people we hopefully will soon call friends.

You can visit L’Atelier 1937 and Motospeeder in Grenoble when you join us for a motorcycle tour France.


Wheels, Wings & Wine Part Deux

After taking a flight in the auto-gyro, and with feet firmly back on the ground, it’s time for part 2 of Wheels Wings & Wine. 

Touching down on our runway in the middle of a clearing , we’ll settle in for our picnic meal.  You’ll be able to dine on local specialties as well as sample locally produced wines.

Le Domaine des Rutissons is a stone’s throw from our runway.  The region has a rich heritage of producing wines.  Government records dating back to 1780 make mention of wine production, at the zenith some 10,000 hl were produced annually.  With the onset of post WWII industrialization, the production was decimated. 

Meet Wilfrid (on right) and Laurent (left), proprietors of the Domaine des Rutissons, who are breathing new life into the once abandoned vineyards.

Wilfrid, a motorcycle and wine enthusiast had a chance meeting with Laurent and they formed a partnership based on respecting the terroir, and preserving the wine heritage of the area.  They adhere to creating wines using only Bio and natural methods.  Many of the varieties of grapes are extremely old and have been eclipsed by mass produced wines.  Among the varities they’ve resurrected are Etraire de la d’Huy, Verdesse, Mècle de Bourgoin, Persan, Onchette, Joubertin, Servanin…

In discussing wine, motorcycles, and other fine things in life, you’ll realize how passionate they are about their craft.  Not only are the wines a pleasure, but so is meeting them. 

Our generous hosts are quick to share stories, knowledge of wines, amongst other things, and plenty of good cheer.  Rather than attempt describing their art, it’s best done first person.  This writer simply lacks the vocabulary to do them and their craft justice.   

Enjoying the fruits of their labors, along with an array of wonderful locally produced meats, cheeses and other local dishes, you’ll have an unforgettable experience. 

Be sure to leave some room in your luggage to bring a bottle of wine back home to share with your friends and you’ll help a children’s charity.  (a portion of the proceeds of every bottle sold is donated to help needy children)

Wheels Wings & Wine is part of our select motorcycle tours in France, and can also be arranged as a pre or post-tour event.

For more information on the Domaine des Rutissons, visit their website: