Languishing in the Languedoc
I bought my first house in this beautiful region back in the early '80s while running hotel barges on the Canal du Midi. Bordered by the Montagne Noire to the north, Pyrenees to the west and Mediterranean to the south; the Languedoc has been producing great wines since the Greeks and Phoenicians started trading there from about 3000 BC. The 250,000 hectares of vineyards are managed by some of the most dynamic wine producers in France and the quality of the wines has never been better. This is a wonderfully rich and diverse wine region to explore, plus it's stunningly beautiful and crammed full of history. A perfect destination for wine lovers looking for a new tasting experience.
The best known larger towns in the wine regions are Montpellier, Carcassonne, Beziers and Narbonne. The area has fast rail links to Paris and Lyon , good international airports at Montpellier and Toulouse and regional ones at Beziers and Carcassonne plus good road access.
Given the extent of the region, a minimum of two days is required just to absorb a small amount of the delicious wines from the region. Basing ourselves in the roman town of Narbonne, a typical two day itinerary might shape up as follows:
Head out to explore the Minervois region in the foothills of the Montagne Noire sampling their deep velvety reds and crisp fruity whites.
Lunch follows at a wine producer in the village of St Chinian, famous for their fabulous wines and hospitality. Afternoon focuses on the Corbieres near to our base of Narbonne.
Head east towards the delightful town of Pezenas to taste a wonderful array of reds whites and rosés prior to lunch at an old fishing port on the shores of the Etang de Thau.
Maybe time for a quick dip in the Med. Afternoon tasting on the rocky slopes of Le Clape prior to returning for aperitifs on a sunny terrace in Narbonne.
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