The Roman Vineyards

The vineyards at La ClapeTake a vineyard tour into the ancient Roman vineyards

Close to the city of Narbonne is one of the most highly regarded wine regions in the South of France. Its called La Clape and it took its name from the old Occitan word for pile of stones ‘clapas’. They have been growing vines here for millennia and the wines were highly prized by the Romans who transported them back to Rome to be enjoyed there too.

It was once an island, but by Roman times the waters had receded and it was linked to the mainland as it is now. The massif of La Clape is exceptionally dry and breezy and is one of the sunniest areas in Occitanie and this intense Mediterranean climate helps to produce the exceptional wines we will learn about and taste on this Languedoc wine tour.

Our vineyard tour begins with a visit to one of the finest wineries in the region where we will taste both red and white wines. The white wines include an ancient grape called Bourboulenc which nearly disappeared but here is nurtured and blended with other varietals to produce some of the finest white wines in the South of France. After this visit we will head for the old circulade town of Gruissan to see the amazing landscape of the salt pans and learn how the salt is harvested.

Lunch is a fabulous sea food feast, including the delicious oysters farmed here and fresh fish baked in salt. (an alternative menu is available if preferred). Afterwards you will have time to visit the salt museum and learn more about the history of the salt pans and the harvesting of the different grades of salt.

Superb wine tours from Narbonne and Carcassonne

Our second vineyard experience is also on La Clape but this time on a different terroir on the opposite side of the Massif de la Clape. Here they make an interesting range of La Clape wines plus AOP Languedoc which makes for a superb contrast to the morning visit.

Please note our tour itineraries can be subject to change and availability

Price €135 per person

 What’s included:

  • Visits to two wineries
  • The salt museum
  • Seafood lunch
  • Pickup and transport

Private tours range between €550 and €1080 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.

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