The Spirit of Languedoc Vineyard Tour

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This 4 day vineyard tour is an exploration of all the wonderful things that combine to make the Spirit of Languedoc. You will stay in the Medieval village of Caunes-Minervois at a superb B&B and from here visit the wine districts of Minervois and the Corbières, enjoy olive oil tasting followed by a wine tasting cruise along the UNESCO listed Canal du Midi and visit the impressive Cathar Castles of Quéribus and Peyreperteuse.

Dates & Prices 

5 nights and 4 days touring plus an (optional) cooking class (not included in the price)
Wednesday June 14 to Monday 18 September
€940 per person
It is possible to join just 2 or 3 days of this tour and various scenarios are available such as arriving on the Thursday and touring with us on the Friday and Saturday only. Please just drop an email to wendy@vinenvacances.com and let us know what your preference would be and we’ll price it up for you.

What’s Included

  • 5 nights B&B accommodation
  • 4 fabulous days touring the region
  • Lunch each day
  • All visits and tastings
  • Airport transfers from Carcassonne airport

The flights are not included.

We have a fabulous itinerary lined up for you!

Wednesday June 14th – The Corbières Vineyards

The Corbières is a region of contrasts where cicadas sing, and buzzards circle lazily against a blue sky, over wild, windswept garrigue. The vineyards are perched on rocky hillsides and the roads wind round and round as we make our way towards our first vineyard visit which is a family owned domaine in the village of Monseret.
The vineyards are situated in the heart of the Boutenac region, an area dedicated to the culture of the vine since Roman times and the only cru in the Corbières. We will take a walk through the vines, some of them more than a century old. We will also take a tour of the winery which is also ancient but modernised to use the latest techniques to produce fabulous Corbières wines. The award winning reds are made from a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah and the whites from Marsanne and Rousanne.
After an extensive tasting of Corbières and Corbières-Boutenac wines we will head for the beautiful village of Lagrasse where we will be welcomed into the home of one of the villagers for a typical Languedoc lunch that she has prepared just for us. After lunch you will be joined by our history guide who lives in Lagrasse and will take you on a fascinating walking tour around the village which is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France!

glass on bargeThursday 15th June – Canal du Midi Wine Tour We start this fabulous tour with a visit to one of the best independent olive producers in Languedoc where excellent oils are produced using local olive varieties. We will learn how the olives are grown and harvested and made into oil. This is followed by a tasting of oils and olives including the Rolls Royce of all Olives the Lucques variety. From here we take the short drive to the village of Le Somail one the prettiest ports along the Canal du Midi where we join our boat for a 1 hour private cruise and along the way we will entertain you with a delicious tasting of Languedoc wines and tell you the story of the Canal. Lunch is always very special and often takes place in a hidden spot that we particularly love. We finish our day with a visit to one of the finest wine producers in the Minervois. We will enjoy a private tour of the winery followed by a delicious tasting of their expressive wines.

Friday June 16th – Cathar Castles & Roussillon Wines

To reach the Roussillon we take the Autoroute towards Perpignan and en-route we get to see the lagoons that divide the land from the Mediterranean. When we leave the fast road we drive through some breath-taking scenery to reach the village of Maury nestling in the Agly Valley. Here we visit one of the finest producers of Côtes de Roussillon wines as well as delicious Maury, the chefs’ choice for pairing with chocolate.  We will have a private tour of the cellar where we will explain how the wines are made here and then take a look at the impressive barrel room and finish off with a fabulous tasting of the Côtes de Roussillon red and white wines plus the delicious Maury. Possibly some of the most interesting wines in this part of the South of France.

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 this visit we take the short drive to little village of Cucugnan made famous by Alphonse Daudet in his book Letters from my Windmill published in 1869 where he wrote the lovely tale of the Curé de Cucugnan and here we will enjoy lunch at an Auberge that serves local traditional dishes.

Your guide will regale you with some of the history of the Cathar’s as we head for the Château Peyreperteuse perched high with views across the spectacular scenery. You can take the steep walk up to the castle which is a bit of a hike but you are well rewarded for your efforts. Now it’s time to turn for home but along the way we will pass through the breath taking Galamus Gorge. The road hugs the gorge and we squeeze through for glimpses of the tumbling waters of the river below.

Saturday June 17th – Minerve & the Minervois  

The Minervois is a beautiful area in the Languedoc-Roussillon producing some of the region’s finest wines. We start the day with a visit to an ancient winery where you will see how wine is produced today as it was over a century ago. Following this visit and tasting we will take a stroll through one of the oldest vineyards in the area and see how the vines grow and are cared for. We will taste the range of red, rosé and white wines and discover the Languedoc grape varieties including Syrah (Shiraz), Grenache and Carignan plus the delicious white wine made from the Viognier grapes. A great wine tasting in the south of France!
Next stop is lunch which is always a very special part of our wines tours and is always 3 courses and accompanied by wines of the region. In the afternoon we visit 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. Now it’s time to visit the 2nd winery of the day which will provide us with a great contrast to the morning visit.  Here they also make delicious Minervois wines grown on a very different terroir to our morning visit and this will provide us with the opportunity to see how much the growing conditions can affect the style of the wine.
Sunday June 18th – Optional Classic French Cooking Class  
CookingIf you can stay an extra day why not join this fabulous cooking class. This unique French cooking class will show you timeless methods and provide you with useful skills and simple tips that will help you to create classic French cuisine with a modern twist!
You will use fresh, locally sourced ingredients, many from the market gardens where this lovely cooking class is located, right on the banks of the Canal du Midi. You will prepare seasonal starters, learn to trim French cuts of meat, poultry and fish. No French cooking course would be complete without the perfect French sauce and of course delicious classic desserts. You will also learn about traditional techniques such as curing, preserving and simple cheese making. After the course you will enjoy eating the fruits of your labour by the side of the Canal du Midi accompanied by refreshing local wines.
To add this class to your weekend break costs just another €110
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