This tour takes place on a Saturday so that we can visit the weekly organic market in the ancient covered market in the centre of the pretty village of Lagrasse, one of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’.
We begin the day with a beautiful drive into the rugged Corbières region of the Languedoc following the valley road as it winds its way through the wild and rugged landscape. Our first visit of the day is to a family owned winery located in the heart of one of the Corbières villages. It’s a small domaine ran by father & son who make a superb range of wines including one of our favourite whites. You will visit the cave to see where the wines are made then enjoy a tasting of their range of wines.
It’s time to head for the village of Lagrasse and the Saturday market. Your guide Carlos will introduce you to many of the stall holders who will explain their various Languedoc produce and how you can prepare and cook them. You will taste the local cheese including the regional traditional goat and sheep milk cheeses plus local honey, olives and olive oils and learn the history behind them. After the market you will take a stroll around this medieval village, along the narrow cobbled ‘ruelles’ and along the way, between the town and the abbey, in squares and behind facades, there are stories to be told and a fascinating medieval history to be revealed.
After our foodie stroll Carlos will invite you to eat lunch with him in his medieval house where you will enjoy a home cooked meal made from local and seasonal produce.
Our final visit of the day is to a larger wine producer deep in the heart of the Corbieres. You will take a walk through the vines of this family owned estate where wine has been grown and made for centuries. Some of the vines are more than a century old and you will learn how they are tended with great care and hand harvested. We will visit the very traditional winery that is more than 100 years old but these days has been modernised to include the up to date equipment. We will visit the massive cellar room containing over 200 French oak barrels in which many of the wines are aged.
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Now it’s time for the wine tasting and you will be sampling the entire range of Corbières made at this famous estate which include white, rosé and red. The wines are made from the traditional grape varieties of the south of France; Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah for the reds and Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Rousanne for the white wines. After the tasting it’s time to head home through the beautiful Corbières landscape.
Please note our tour itineraries can be subject to change and availability
Price €135 per person
- Visits to two wineries
- Market tour and guided tour of Lagrasse
- Home cooked lunch with wine
- Pickup and transport
Private tours range between €550 and €1100 depending on the number of people in your group.
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