A wine tasting tour that includes a fabulous train journey and wine tasting with one of the wine making stars of Occitania. Katie Jones is an English woman who has lived in Languedoc for over 20 years but has only been making wine since 2009. She has taken the wine world by storm with her remarkable, award winning Languedoc wines. Her domaine is tucked away in a remote village in the heart of the Corbières where once a small single track railway wound its way into the countryside to collect the wine makers ‘gold’. The railway has long gone from this little village but over the last couple of years Katie has been renovating the old train shed and has made it her winery which she has aptly named La Gare du Vin and where she produces her wines such as her top class Fitou.
Close by and snacking through the countryside is the old railway track and these days the ‘Le Train Rouge’ tourist train weaves its way along the track taking visitors and locals through countryside where vehicles cannot pass. Its route includes the Agly valley, a place of great beauty and where tasty Maury wines are made. It’s also home to one of the most stunning ‘Cathar’ castles, Quéribus which looms above the village of Maury, perched on a limestone bluff. We have made a railway themed Prestige & Private tour by combining a trip on ‘Le Train Rouge’ and a visit to Katie’s winery La Gare du Vin and along the way visiting the Cathar castle of Quéribus and tasting Maury wine too.
We have made a railway themed Prestige & Private tour by combining a trip on ‘Le Train Rouge’ and a visit to Katie’s winery now aptly called La Gare du Vin and along the way visiting the Cathar castle of Quéribus and tasting Maury wine too.
It’s a packed day and starts when we pick you up from your holiday address and drive you towards the Roussillon to the village of Rivesaltes to meet ‘Le Train Rouge’. Our guide will see you safely on board and you will enjoy a lovely hour slowly winding your way through the countryside on board the train. Your destination is the village of Maury and our guide will be there to meet you when you arrive.
In Maury we visit one of the finest producers of Côtes de Roussillon wines as well as delicious Maury, the chefs’ choice for pairing with chocolate. Now it’s time to head for the Château Quéribus which can be viewed from below or you can take the slightly strenuous walk up to view it and if it’s a clear day it’s one of the best vantage points in the area.
After lunch you will have a tour of Katie’s winery and a tasting of her range of wines and hear her story of how she has become one of the finest winemakers in the region.
The price of this Prestige Private Tour ranges from €645 for 2 people to €1125 for 8 people.
- Pickup and transport
- Le Train Rouge ticket
- Tasting in Maury
- Entrance to Château de Quéribus
- Three course lunch with wines
- Visit and tasting with Katie Jones and La Gare du Vin
How to Book
This Prestige & Private tour is available most days of the week. To book this tour please complete the form below and let us know how many people are in your party and the date(s) you prefer or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Wendy on +33 (0)6 42 33 34 09