A wine and food tour that includes a wine tasting cruise on the Canal du Midi and a market visit. It is available on Tuesdays in order to pay a visit to a lively market in one of the ‘circulade’ villages in the Minervois.
We start the day with a visit to a bustling market in the Minervois region. As we stroll through the market you will learn about and taste the plentiful Languedoc foods such as traditional goat and sheep milk cheese including famous Roquefort. You will meet bakers, butchers and sausage curers, fruit & vegetable growers and dozens of others who continue to grow and make their products using traditional Languedoc methods that haven’t changed for years.
Our next visit is to a local olive oil producer where we learn how the olives are harvested and pressed to produce delicious oils. Languedoc olive oil was famed until the springtime freeze of 1956 when many of the trees died so it is a delight to see this very traditional produce returning to the region.
Lunch is always an important part of our tours and on this trip we will showcase some of the seasonal and traditional foods at one of our favourite lunch spots that is the perfect place for one of our gourmet outdoor lunches.
After lunch 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 with you a delicious tasting of Languedoc wines and tell you the story of the Canal. Click on the video below to see what’s in store for you if you pick this tour.
Our final visit of the day is to a winery in the beautiful area of the Minervois. We will learn how the vines are grown and cared for and the wines are made and taste the range of red, white and rosé that are known for their elegant intense flavours often accompanied by wild herb flavours such as lavender, thyme and rosemary.
Please note our tour itineraries can be subject to change and availability
- Olive oil tasting
- Wine tasting cruise on the Canal du Midi
- Gourmet outdoor lunch with wine
- Winery visit
- Pickup and transport
Private tours range between €630 and €1160 depending on the number of people in your group.
How to Book
Our Group tours are for small groups of between 4 and 8 people. When you request a place on a group tour we will reserve your place and once we have reached the magic number of 4 people the tour will be confirmed. You will find already confirmed tours listed along the right hand side of this page. If you would like to reserve places just click on the RESERVE PLACES button, fill in the form and we will get straight back to you. If you can not find a date that suits you or you would like to book a Private tour please fill in the enquiry form below. At the time of booking we request a €25 deposit which is non refundable if your tour is less than 30 days in the future, please read our Terms & Conditions.