Last year a little village in France hit the headlines as according to popular gossip it is supposed to be the one place on earth that will survive the 2012 Apocalypse myth. Bugarach is a little hamlet with a population of just 200 and lies near Carcassonne.
The Pic de Bugarach mountain is the source of many odd theories – one of which is that aliens live in cavities beneath the rock. It is said to have been the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Different sects and cults have been setting up camps near the village and the Mayor has said that he will call in the army if necessary as the clock ticks down to the Apocalypse on December 21st 2012.
An enterprising winemaker has produced a Cuvée Bugarach (subtitled as “”If there’s only one left, I’ shall be that one”). The back label states: “inspired by the ancient legends, Cuvée Bugarach should survive the end of the world and help you get in touch with extra-terrestrials”. It’s made by Jean Pla from Grenache grapes.
Chateau Voskevaz in Armenia has also produced a selection of wines which will be sold in Russia and its surrounding states this year inspired by theFour Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Apparently the summer of 2008 was very changeable and the grape harvest at the chateau yielded four very different wines. The wine makers decided to emphasize the results by releasing the wines as a limited edition.
And finally Studiolin has also produced a 2012 Apocalypse Wine as a corporate gift for their clients. The design company thoughtfully provided a list of 14 possible scenarios in which mankind bites the dust – from glaciers melting to a possible rat invasion – on the back label!