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Minerve & the Minervois

Chateau Canet

The beautiful Minervois region is a short drive from Carcassonne and an area of outstanding beauty. Some of the most picturesque vineyards in the Languedoc wine region are found here as well as some of the finest wines. This is where Languedoc’s first cru was created around the hilltop village of La Livinière, after which the the cru takes its name and where vines were first cultivated by the Romans.

We start the day with a visit to a top-class winery in the cru appellation where you will learn what it is that makes this wine so special. You will enjoy a private visit to the winery and follow this with a superb tasting of these delicious wines. 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.

Next stop is lunch which is always a special part of the day and is a delicious 3 courses accompanied by wines of the region. Our Classic Private tour sometimes includes an alfresco lunch and at other times we eat at a village restaurant and enjoy a delicious Menu du Jour.

If you choose our Gourmet Minervois tour which is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, you will eat at  Aux 2 Rivieres which is a beautifully situated restaurant where the terrace overlooks the confluence of the rivers Cesse and Brian in one of the Plus Beaux Village de France, the ancient settlement of Minerve. Christophe, Audrey, Ambre & Emeline who run the restauarant are old friends of Vin en Vacances from the days when they ran another restaurant nearby and we are delighted the team have now moved to the old family home and converted it into such a lovely place to have lunch. The food is inventive, delicious and always very well presented and Audrey will pair each of the 3 courses with a local wine.

Which ever lunch style you choose after the meal you will have some free time around the beautiful village of Minerve which is a tiny historical village perched on a limestone rock surrounded by deep gorges  and your guide will tell you 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 but grown on slightly 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. 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 a wide range of grapes including Grenache blanc, Marsanne and Viognier.

Classic Private Tour

Prices dependant on how many people are in your party:

Minerve & the Minervois Classic Private Full Day Tour - available Monday to Saturday

2 people - 310€ per person

6 people - 165€ per person

4 people  - 180€ per person

8 people - 150€ per person

Gourmet Private Tour

Prices dependant on how many people are in your party:

Minerve & the Minervois Gourmet Private Full Day Tour - available every day apart from Thursday, Friday and Sunday

2 people - 325€ per person

6 people - 190€ per person

4 people  - 200€ per person

8 people - 170€ per person

The prices include the knowledge and guidance of our expert wine guide, pickup and transport, 2 winery visits with tastings, a delicious lunch with wine and a visit to the village of Minerve. Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.


Half day Private tour

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 people to 8 with the following prices:

Minerve & the Minervois - Private Half Day Tour - available Monday to Saturday

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 village of Minerve.

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