Buying wine at a lock is an odd concept. It is a little like being offered a selection of premium microbrews by the toll taker as you pass through a tollbooth on a motorway. Nevertheless you can do just that at the Houards Lock on the Canal Latéral à la Loire. The éclusiers at the Houards run a side business selling wine from the famous nearby appellations Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire.
Buying wine at Écluse Houards is popular. The hotel barge Fenik followed us into the lock. Between the crew and the guests, several cases of wine were quickly purchased. Not a surprise as the wine is good and prices are right. The most expensive bottle was under $10 US.
(Wanderlust passed through Écluse Houards on the 17th of May 2015.)