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Tastes of autumn

In Languedoc, local activity in the autumn centres on wine and local produce. You’ll be welcome to join in and enjoy the subtle alliance between the different foods and wines!

The South of France is so diverse that it offers a host of different tastes and flavours.
From the seaside to the mountains, not forgetting the countryside and vineyards,
all these contrasting ambiances are sure to delight and captivate your inner gourmet.

Vigneron, Cave - Hérault, le Languedoc © Henri Comte

Mountain Treasures

Mushroom of Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - C. RAMAT- LECLANT

Whether you are in the Haut-Languedoc Natural Park, or between the Causses and Cévennes mountains, you will find a unique local gastronomic tradition. It is a true gourmet paradise!
With mushroom, game, charcuterie and unusual cheeses such as Pélardon (soft goats’ cheese), your taste-buds won’t know which way to turn!
Why not combine walking and gathering? Cèpes, chanterelles, oyster mushrooms and ink-caps will make your walks through the woods of Haut-Languedoc a tasteful experience and add a special range of flavours to your dishes.

Wines and Wine-growers

Vineyards of Languedoc © Régis DOMERGUE

Between the lower mountains and the sea, in this large amphitheatre facing the Mediterranean, the autumn sunshine is slightly more red and golden, bathing the vineyards of Languedoc in its harmonious glow.
The grape-harvest is coming to an end for all of the  AOC appellations of Languedoc. This is the perfect time to enjoy a walk around the vineyards or to go for a tasting in a wine cellar, where you will meet enthusiastic, passionate wine-growers.

Carlencas and its Chickpeas

On the Carlencas plateau, growing and eating chickpeas is a tradition that goes back for many generations. Seedlings are planted out around Easter, and the chickpeas are picked at the end of the summer, often being eaten during autumn’s religious festivals such as All Saints’ Day.

The Chestnuts of Olargues

Chestnuts of Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - M. Sanz

The chestnuts of Olargues have a long-established reputation: so much so that some of the major luxury confectioners use them for their famous chestnut purees and other specialities.
The Jaur and Orb valleys in the Haut-Languedoc Natural Park are the chief home of this Languedoc activity. Growing what are known locally as arbres à pain or ‘bread trees’ has been such an important part of local life that it is celebrated in many associated festivities that combine the chestnuts with the new season’s wine.

Age-old olive trees

Olives of Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - Eric Brendle

 

 

If the vine is queen of the plains of Languedoc, then the age-old olive tree is their king. The famous Lucques olives, so plump and fleshy, not to mention olive products such as tapenade and olive oil, are sure to delight you, offering up the very essence of the Mediterranean, unspoilt and authentic.

Saffron

Saffron of Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - M. Sanz

 

 

Did you know? A highly sought-after spice is grown in the Hérault area. How would you like to know more about how saffron is grown? Harvesting takes place between October and November.

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