Languedoc, territory in the South of France, is renowned for its ripe and intense red wines. Rich in heritage, this region offers its visitors a beautiful mix of landscapes. Situated between the Mediterranean Sea and at the foot of the Pyrenees, the Languedoc region is rich in natural resources. The mild and sunny Mediterranean climate will allow you to spend pleasant moments.
The steps of our Languedoc Wine Route :
This region is ideal for a Wine Route and for discovering wine tourism. The winemakers of this region work with passion and use only quality grape varieties to satisfy wine lovers. Especially known for its red wines such as Corbières or Saint-Chinian, you can also find quality white wines based on Picpoul or sparkling wines from the commune of Limoux.
Come and visit the winegrowers, taste their wine and discover the diversity of wines produced in the Languedoc. Here is an itinerary of our favorite domains that we propose !
Let's start our journey with this seductive and colourful castle. This estate has the particularity of being handed down from woman to woman for 5 generations. Since 1919, it is women who have been at the head of this château and its vines and who have enabled the development of Château de Fourques. You will therefore have to go to the middle of the vines and the hills overlooking Montpellier to discover this place and meet Lise, a radiant woman and her daughter Jeanne who helps her.
Lise, at the head of this Château, will receive you in person and will make you discover her precious wines in a warm atmosphere. She also offers you to take a walk in the middle of the vineyards to learn more about the history of this estate and to better understand the specificities of the wines. You would be wrong not to visit this Château!
Your trip continues 25 minutes from Montpellier to the Château d'Aumelas. The history of this castle begins in the 14th century when it was built and it was built as a castle in the 16th century. Today it is the brothers of Albenas who are at the head of this Château. They cultivate a vineyard of 16 hectares and produce wines in the Languedoc and Grés de Montpellier appellations. All this is done with respect for nature and traditional methods.
The brothers of Albenas welcome you to visit the castle, the cellar, the vineyard, and to taste the prestigious vintages of the castle.
Now head a little further north into the land of Aniane. Here is Château Capion, 45 hectares of vines are planted around this Château. In 1873, the Keittinger family bought the estate and began a reconstruction and expansion of the estate.
Here, the vines are worked by hand and the soil is tilled with respect for the ecosystem. The estate is also certified organic. On this estate, you will find red wines made from different grape varieties such as Syrah or Grenache and white wines made from Chardonnay or white Grenache.
Come and meet the winemaker of this Château and taste a selection of 5 wines of your choice, then stroll through the vineyards to discover a magnificent landscape.
Heading towards the middle Hérault Valley, on the road to Saint Guilhem le Désert. The Domaine de Rieussec was built in the 16th century and is protected as a historical monument. It has belonged to the same family for five centuries.
Since 2003, the current owner has decided to revive the old wine-making cellar and to open to the public the gardens which are also protected as historical monuments. When they replanted the vineyard, the oldest grape varieties were preserved (Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan) and quality grape varieties were planted (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah...).
This estate is a great place to walk around as you can come and visit the English garden, the French garden, the orangery and discover this unique place full of history. You can visit the vineyard, discover the cellar and taste the award-winning wines of the Domaine.
We advise you to continue your journey in the Domaine de la Dourbie, in the heart of the Hérault Valley and at the foot of the Terrasses du Larzac. The small river bordering the vineyard lends its name to the Domaine. This family estate, which extends over 32 hectares, was built in 1781. Since 2003, the estate has been in renovation to regain the quality and authenticity of the past. The 32 hectares of this estate are cultivated in organic farming.
In this domain, you will discover red, white and rosé wines as well as great vintages. A visit of the cellar and the wine storehouse followed by a tasting of several wines is offered to you by this domain. It is the occasion for you to discover their precious terroir!
Go down a little to the South, on the banks of the Hérault, to discover the Château Rieutort. Château Rieutort is an elegant estate from the 18th century. It is located in the heart of an exceptional park of 2.5 hectares surrounded by 30 hectares of vines. Karina and Peter, an Anglo-Polish couple, are the owners of this fabulous estate and have placed the vineyard management in the hands of the Nivollet family to ensure that the wine keeps the same quality at all costs.
Here, you can visit the castle and the cellar to discover how the magic works. A tasting of the estate's wines such as Coteaux du Languedoc, Vicomté d'Aumelas or Grés de Montpellier will make you live a moment of pure pleasure. You can also stay a few days in this castle to take a break in your Languedoc Wine Route!
Continue your tour in the heart of the Languedoc between Béziers and Montpellier at the Château Saint-Martin de la Garrigue. The property is spread over 160 hectares alternating vineyards, garrigue, pine forests and olive trees and is rich in history. On this estate there is a Romanesque chapel and a Renaissance-style Château. The 18 grape varieties present on this estate (10 reds and 8 whites) allow us to produce a rich and varied range of wines that we advise you to come and taste.
The visit of this estate will allow you to walk through the corridors of a 16th century castle, admire a magnificent Romanesque chapel, visit the cellars and taste the wines of Château Saint-Martin de la Garrigue.
To end this Languedoc Wine Route we invite you to visit the Domaine de la Baume located between Béziers and the medieval city of Pézenas. This estate has been perpetuating the wine-growing tradition for over a century and produces wines with a strong character. Joseph Helfrich (General Manager of the Grands Chais de France) is the owner of this estate because he saw in it an opportunity not to be missed. Joseph brings modernity and gives this estate an international reputation.
The Domaine de la Baume welcomes you for visits to the winery and wine tastings to discover their world. The wines of Domaine de la Baume are multi-medalled and distributed on five continents, you must absolutely try them before leaving !