The Limoux & the Malepère Vineyard Tour is for lovers of still & sparkling wines. Just 20 minutes from Carcassonne is the little know appellation of Malepère where fabulous red and rosé wines are produced using famous grape varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Merlot. White wines are also produced here and you will taste some excellent examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay.
We start the tour with a visit to one of the leading producers of these wines where you will enjoy a private tour of the winery and learn the fascinating process of vineyard to bottle followed by an extensive tasting of their distinctive wines. During the visit you will learn about wine production in the Languedoc and visit the barrel room to discover how maturing wine in barrel is not just about oak flavour.
Lunch is always an important part of our tours and for the Limoux & Malepère tour we offer you our Classic tour which includes the ‘Menu du Jour’ at one of our favourite restaurants or you can opt for our Gourmet Tour and enjoy a broader choice of menu at a wonderful country auberge where local and traditional cuisine is served. .
Limoux is famous for its sparkling wines and many say they rival Champagne. We will visit a top-class producer of these wines and learn the intriguing way sparkling wines are made using the traditional method, just like Champagne. However, unlike the Champagne area this region makes 3 styles of sparkling wines; Blanquette du Limoux, Crémant du Limoux and Blanquette Ancestral, a delicious sweet sparkling wine, very unusual and very palatable!
Our final visit of the day is to the Abbey of St Hilaire where the first sparkling wine in the world was created by the monks in 1531. This is a beautiful abbey and we will spend a little time visiting the historical wine cellar and the other ancient buildings including the church and enjoying a peaceful moment in the beautiful cloister watching the pretty fountain.
Prices dependant on how many people are in your party:
Full Day Private Tours
Classic Private Full Day Tour Limoux and Malepère - available Wednesday to Friday
2 people - 295€ per person
6 people - 160€ per person
4 people - 180€ per person
8 people - 145€ per person
Gourmet Private Full Day Tour Limoux and Malepère - available Tuesday to Saturday
2 people - 400€ per person
6 people - 200€ per person
4 people - 240€ per person
8 people - 180€ per person
The price includes the knowledge and guidance of our expert wine guide, pickup and transport, 2 winery visits with tastings, a delicious lunch with wine and entrance fee into the abbey of St Hilaire.
Private Half day tours
If time is tight you might like to consider a private half day tour which can take place morning or afternoon and does not include lunch.
Available Monday to Saturday – From 2 to 8 people with the following prices:
Limoux & the Malepère - Private Half Day Tour available Tuesday to Friday
2 people - 200€ per person
6 people - 100€ per person
4 people - 120€ per person
8 people - 80€ per person
The price includes the knowledge and guidance of our expert wine guide, pickup and transport and either two winery visits and tastings or one winery visit & the Abbey of St Hilaire.
Open Small Group Tours
This full day tour is available as an Open small group tour every Thursday. We need a minimum of 4 people for an open tour to go ahead. To register your interest please click Enquire Now and to let us know which date you wish to book.
Limoux and Malepère Open Small Group Tour - available on Thursdays
180€ per person