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The vineyards

Discover a southern French vineyard famous for its fine vintages and its winemaking heritage, nestling between the Haut Languedoc Nature Park and the Mediterranean.

Spend your holidays between the mountains and the countryside in an area renowned for its wine and its French wine producing traditions.
 Its "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée" wines (a French quality label) are extremely well-known and include: Minervois, Saint-Jean-de-Minervois, Saint-Chinian, Faugères or Côteaux du Languedoc.
There's always something to be sampled here, all year round!

Discover the region's heritage and culture

To discover almost "all" there is to know about winemaking, "vineyard trails" are organised all year round to help you discover the skills and know-how of the local producers. If you'd like a holiday with a difference, head off to explore the "folies languedociennes" and the winemakers' mansions built in the 19th century by wealthy wine producers. You'll never see anything like it again!


Wine-related festivities

The Festival du Rire et du Vin (the Wine & Laughter Festival)
Musique au cœur du Vignoble (Music in the vineyards)
Les Contes d'automne (Autumn tales)


Short hikes through the vineyards

This wine producing area is considered as one of France's finest. It takes the form of an amphitheatre with terraced crescents facing the sea, with its back to the foothills of the Haut Languedoc Regional Nature Park.
Whatever the time of year, a patchwork quilt of landscapes and colours will be sure to delight you. The various hikes are accompanied by nature guides, providing an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the close relationship between the land, the vineyards and Nature itself.


Other surprises

The "must-see" town of Minerve
The Abbey of Fontcaude in Cazedarnes
The ring of fortified villages at Cessenon sur Orb, Saint-Geniès-de-Fontedit, Murviel les Beziers, Neffies and Puisserguier.
Rural heritage: Mills, pigeon lofts and "secadous" or chestnut dryers.

Photo Henri COMTE droit web jusqu Oct 2010

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