Minervois & Saint-Chinian Market

This wine tasting tour will introduce you to organic wine making on a small scale with delicious results.

We begin with a visit to a superb wine maker in the Saint-Chinian appellation where you have the chance to visit the fascinating cellar. Their domaine is perched above the town of Saint-Chinian with stunning views over the beautiful rolling Caroux hills. Their wines are top class and we will taste both red and white before saying our goodbyes.

On Sundays and Thursdays we head for the market in the little town of Saint-Chinian where you will have some time to wander the stalls and perhaps buy some local produce. On other days we go to a goat farm to meet the goats and taste the delicious cheese.

Now it’s time for lunch and we head off across the hills to a country Auberge tucked away in a tiny French village for the local speciality of Cassoulet – a white bean stew with duck confit and Toulouse sausage washed down with local wine. Delicious!

For a short insight into this tour, watch our video.

After lunch we visit our second organic winery which is also in the Minervois appellation. You will meet a brave and courageous couple who are making delicious wines from just 6 hectares of land. They have a strong belief in caring for the land and do not use chemicals so produce very natural wines that we are sure you will love. They also follow many of the biodynamic principals which means everything they do in the vineyard and the winery is governed by the rhythm of the earth and moon.

Here they produce small quantities of top class Languedoc wines grown on startling white stony soils and made by an award winning female winemaker and great friend of Vin en Vacances. We will take a look at this bijou domaine and the vines growing on startlingly white limestone soils before tasting the delicious range of wines including the sweet Muscat that tastes of honey and fresh grapes and smells of summer roses.

On the way back we have time to see the beautiful village of Minerve and learn about the Cathar siege that took place here in 1210 before heading home.

Please note our tour itineraries are subject to change and availability.

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Price €140 per person

What’s included:

  • Visits to two organic wineries
  • Market or goat farm visit
  • Cassoulet lunch with 100% Carignan wine
  • Visit to the village of Minerve

Private tours range between €590 and €1120 depending on the number of people in your group.

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