Enjoy one of the best shows of late summer in France, just over 2 hours from Barcelona by RENFE-SNCF. The wine vintage in Languedoc-Roussillon will leave you with dreamy postcards and the taste of some of the best wines in the world. Let's toast!
Between late August and early September, the Languedoc-Roussillon region becomes a great wine vintage. With an area of over 200,000 hectares, is the largest wine-growing area in the world. The landscape that we see from Carcassonne
to the Rhone is teeming with thousands of rows of grape vineyards for harvest, an incomparable "sea of grapes".
THE OLDEST VINEYARDS IN THE WORLD
Vineyard near Carcassone
About 600 BC. Greeks extended their knowledge of the land to flourish the viticulture in southern Gaul. Thanks to it's excellent continental and Mediterranean climate, the richness and variety of soil, known as "terroir", the Languedoc-Roussillon became a large vineyard whose quality has continued increasing and improving year after year. Wine cultivation spreaded along the ancient Via Domitia, the Roman way that ran from the current Italy to Hispania.
PASSION FOR ORGANIC FARMING …
Vineyard in Languedoc-Roussillon near Banyuls
In the late 80s, the farmers of Languedoc-Roussillon adopted a new style in the culture and use of the excellent quality of the region´s "Terroirs". This quality is evident in a wide variety of red, white and pink wines, plus some excellent natural sweet wines and small sparkling wine, with nearly 30 different varieties. Another feature of the wine region is the reinvention of winegrowers and winemakers in developing new methods of cultivation based on the respect for the tradition and development of biological and biodynamic agriculture, reaching today to a 10% of the total annual wine production, using these techniques.
A MASSIVE NUMBER OF VARIETIES
Some of the more than 30 varieties that are the DO of the region are: Carignan noir, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Cournoise (or Aubun), Grenaches noir and rouge, Oeillade, Syrah y Terret noir, Banyuls, Rivesaltes, Collioure o Maury, among others…
WINERY OR O’VINEYARDS
Near Carcassonne there is a winery where you can enjoy a complete visit to learn the secrets and processes in winemaking, in addition to dinner with a pairing of the best wines of the region.
SEIGNEURIE OF PEYRAT
This magnificent wine cellar is the perfect place to enjoy a real day of wine with a full tour to the vineyards and tasting of the typical regional dishes.
If you consider yourself a good gourmand and you are passionate about wine and gastronomy, you can taste some of the best French cuisine in Montpellier, the region's capital.