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Amid the gently rolling hills and pastoral countryside of southeast Louisiana, just north of Abita Springs, is Pontchartrain Vineyards and Winery (see PontchartrainVineyards.com), Louisiana’s premier producer of fine table wines. Visit the Old World, French Provincial tasting room, visitor’s center and terrace overlooking hillside vineyards and taste a wonderful collection of distinctive, award-winning wines.

You can begin your jaunt at the gazebo in Abita Springs. Follow your map to make the jogs northward toward the winery. You will encounter moderate traffic until you reach Highway 1082, then the traffic should be light. Along this road you’ll see beautiful homes and ranches. After your visit at the vineyard, you can amble along Highway 1081 back southward, then retrace a bit of your earlier route, take an eastward turn and return to Abita Springs by an alternate route.