This is a vineyard tour for people who want to taste high quality wines from the Minervois ‘Cru’ and meet the people who make them. The Minervois is a beautiful wine growing area in the Languedoc-Roussillon producing some of the region’s finest wines. It is where the first Languedoc cru was born, La Livinière in 1997 and in 2017 it’s where the newest cru will be formed called Cazelles. This one day wine tasting tour will introduce you to this area and to the wines of both cru.
We start the day with a visit to the historical village of La Livinière which has a wine history that goes back to Roman times. The Latin word for wine cellar is cella vinaria and it’s from this that the name of the village is thought to stem. We will start off our tour with a stroll around this pretty village exploring the winding streets and visiting the ancient church with its domed tower said to be a copy of a chapel in Bethlehem.
Now it’s time to visit our first winery of the day and taste Minervois as well as Minervois-La Livinière wines. During our visit we will learn how the wine is grown and made and hear the winemaker’s story. You will also taste the delicious olive oil and visit the olive grove where it is grown. Be prepared for a lot of fun and laughter at this domaine!
Lunch is always an important part of our tours and today is no exception but where you eat will depend on the season. It will vary from a superb restaurant hidden away in the Haute-Minervois hills to a sumptuous outdoor feast.
After lunch we will drive through the hills that form the cru appellation and take a look at the various terroir that produces these outstanding wines. The route we eventually winds its way to the beautiful village of Minerve where you will have a little time to explore and learn about the Cathar siege that took place here 800 years ago. Read about the village in our blog.
The second winery of the day is located in the new cru appellation of Cazelle. It’s so new that we don’t know yet if it will cover red and white wine but we will taste both at this family owned domaine located in beautiful scenery. The domaine has been in the same family for 3 generations but it’s only in recent years that they have stood apart from the local cooperative and bottled their own wines and they are fast making a name for themselves. You will taste a great variety of wines and learn the story of the domaine. Now it’s time to make our way home along a route which winds through the Languedoc vineyards and olive groves with spectacular views of the Pyrenees.
This Prestige & Private Tour ranges from €670 for 2 people to €1150 for 8 people.
- Minervois expert guide
- Two Cru winery visits and tasting
- Olive oil tasting
- Excellent lunch accompanied by Cru Minervois wines
- Pickup and transport
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 email@example.com or call Wendy on +33 (0)6 42 33 34 09