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.
This tour is available as a Scheduled tour every Monday or as a Private tour Monday to Saturday
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For larger groups please request a quotation
- Visits to two wineries
- The salt museum
- Seafood lunch
- Pickup and transport
How to Book
To reserve a Scheduled tour please select the tour and date you prefer from the choices available at the top right hand side of this page. Our Scheduled tours are for small groups of between 4 and 8 people. When you request a place on a Scheduled tour we will reserve your place and when we have a total of 4 reservations the tour will be confirmed.
To arrange a Private tour either complete the enquiry form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know the date or range of dates you are available, how many people are in your party and where you are staying.