Destination Sud de France is the gateway to discover the southern French region of Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée. Over the last few years the region has developed considerably its wine tourism activity through the “Oenotourism Club”. The Club is here to help you plan your next wine adventure and explore the Wine Tourism Routes of Occitanie through the oldest and largest wine-growing region in the world.
Run by vintners and many wine tourism professionals, the Oenotourism Club offers many enriching, gourmet and entertaining wine-related activities, to discover all the character and authenticity of this unique wine-making region.
The Club, created in 2013, includes among its members some of the most prestigious estates and vineyards of the region. It covers remarkable sites, wine cellars, vineyard estates, accommodation located in the heart of the vineyards, and host agencies; all ready to reveal their know-how and share their passion with you.
Tour the local areas of the Rhône Valley, Languedoc, Corbières, Minervois and Roussillon. Meet the women and men who shape these vineyards; discover and appreciate these nectars with those who create them. Destination Sud de France reserves fine moments of conviviality around vines and wines.
Oenotourism Club takes diverse and varied forms; from a gourmet evening in an award-winning restaurant, to wine-tasting during a walking tour (the wine route, wine cellar tours), meeting farmers and touring the major wine estates. This itinerant tourism is ideal for an amorous escape or a weekend among friends, during which one could opt for a “local wines discovery” tour package with accommodation in a charming home. Peruse the options below for some inspiration for your Sud de France getaway.
1. Château Cicéron
The Château of Cicéron is a unique and protected natural area only 30 minutes from Carcassonne. The vocation of Cicéron is incorporated in the quality and innovative approach of the group Auriol. It is a privileged place, far from the mass tourism and in harmony with nature. This former Roman villa offers a large range of wines AOP Corbières available for taste and for sale. The castle also has magnificent accommodations equipped with a private terrace and swimming pool. A reception room for workshops and private events is available too. Visits will allow you to discover the wine estate: “le jardin de Vignes Rares”, and its cellar.
2. Les Compagnons de Maguelone
Fifteen kilometers from Montpellier, on an island that is today linked with the continent by a strip of coastline, stands the impressive Cathedral of Maguelone, one of the most important places for Christianity in Languedoc-Roussillon. The Domaine de Maguelone is located in an area of protected coastline with a broad variety of birds. The cathedral is at the heart of an island of greenery, in a park, surrounded by vineyards, between sea and lagoons. Since 1969, an establishment of Services and Aids by Work (SAW) is occupying the former farm buildings. It aims at facilitating the social and professional integration of adults with disabilities. The main activities are working in the vineyards, wine production and fishing. The estate offers many activities: guided tours of the cathedral, winegrower’s tour and gustative and musical tours. Find out more here.
Les Compagnons de Maguelone
3. Château Haut Gléon
Situated in the Vallée du Paradis, “Paradise Valley”, in the heart of the Corbières vineyard, the Château Haut Gléon is a majestic property comprising 260 ha of scrubland and forest, including 35 hectares of vines in AOP Corbières and IGP “Vallée du paradis”. The Château Haut Gléon has five guest rooms, including three luxury guest rooms (classified four stars by ‘Gîtes de France’), as well as two further rooms in the out-buildings typical of authentic Mediterranean dwellings, and two holiday cottages with all the comforts. In short, Château Haut Gléon is a wonderful location comprising parks, gardens, a large pool with stunning view across the surrounding Mediterranean countryside, estate tours of the château built in the 13th century, tutored tastings and a fantastic starting point for hiking trails and mountain biking.
Château Haut Gléon
4. Château les Carrasses
The Château Les Carrasses is a 19th century wine domain estate in the Languedoc, South of France, extensively restored as a luxury self-catering estate and boutique winery. Facilities include a magnificent infinity pool, floodlit clay tennis, “boulodrome” and barbecue area, conservatory, orchard and olive grove. Our bistro and bar serve tasty Mediterranean cuisine alongside the best regional wines and classic cocktails - to be enjoyed around the pool, in the salon, the tasting rooms, or on any of the several terraces. Luxury self-catering accommodation consists of 28 suites, apartments and villas, many with panoramic views, private gardens and pool, and all fashioned from the original 19th century buildings. Furnished in elegant French style, the properties suit parties up to eight people. Surrounded by vines with wide reaching views to the Pyrenees beyond, the terraces and gardens are a beautiful spot for enjoying our Les Carrasses red, white and rosé or La Serre red and white AOP wines. Enjoy a weekend away with a walk in the vines and a wine matching dinner, or join us for regular wine tasting events.
Château les Carrasses
5. Domaine Gayda
Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surrounded by its vineyards, Domaine Gayda is an exceptional destination in the Languedoc situated 25km south west of Carcassonne, in the village of Brugairolles. Domaine Gayda has a passion for the traditional grape varieties grown across the many diverse soils and climates of their vineyards situated throughout the Languedoc, giving “Provenance” to all their wines. While the grapes are rooted in tradition, the winery itself is all about the new, with investments in all the latest equipment and technology. Their quest towards an organic viticulture is driven by their respect for the natural environment and to offer a wine of outstanding quality. Chef Jean-Christophe Gille heads up « Le Restaurant », situated above the winery, where one can discover the full range of the wines of the domain paired with the delights of his modern French cuisine whilst enjoying the spectacular, uninterrupted views of the Pyrenees Mountains. « Vinécole », based at Domaine Gayda, is run by Matthew Stubbs, Master of Wine. The wine school offers tastings, courses, events, seminars, training and bespoke tours and visits for either the holidaymaker or the professional requiring something more. The prestigious residence, set amongst the vines just 500 meters from the restaurant and winery, consists of four charming cottages, each with their individual character, to accommodate up to 16 guests.
6. Maison Cazes
Located between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, in Rivesaltes, Cazes is at the heart of the Roussillon region. Created in 1895, “CAZES” values are undeniably related to the wine world: know-how as well as respect and control of the terroir have been passed down from one generation to another.
A true pioneer in the production and marketing of high-quality Roussillon wines, Cazes has long been the standard-bearer of winemaking in the region and has become a byword for quality over the past fifty years. With its 220 hectares, Maison Cazes has the largest vineyard in France working in organic and biodynamic agriculture. Les Clos de Paulilles, a symbolic estate between Collioure and Banyuls and whose high quality wine is recognized all over the world, extends over 100 hectares of valleys and schistous terraces, of which 65 hectares are vines. Its totally renewed cellar, location and restaurant on the beach constitute a magical place dedicated to Wine Tourism.
7. Le Mas des Tourelles
This wine growing estate is situated in Beaucaire, in the heart of the Roman Triangle: Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Arles, near the Via Domitia. Mas des Tourelles domain consists of more than 100 hectares of vines divided on twenty different plots of land. It is this diversity of land that conveys to our wines their great unique quality. 2000 years ago, Romans had built on the exact site of « Les Tourelles », a Gallo-Roman villa dedicated to the production of wines. 20 years ago now, Mas des Tourelles initiated a very original archeological concept: the reconstruction of a full scale Gallo Roman wine cellar, in perfect working order, to proceed to the wine vinification according to the rules of this ancient art. This initiative is the result of the discovery of the archeological remains of a tile kiln producing amphora.
Mas des Tourelles
8. Caves de Byrrh
Plunge into the history of the largest oak vat in the world and experience a spectacular tour of a stunning industrial heritage site. You will immerse yourself in the story of a family saga and learn how, in 1866, the inventive and pioneering Violet brothers came up with the idea. Discover more about Caves de Byrrh here.
Caves de Byrrh
9. Château de Camplazens
Camplazens is located at the site of a Roman Settlement on the top of the Limestone Mountain known as La Clape. Environmentally protected since 1965, the only permitted activity is cultivating vines and making wine. Château Camplazens is one of the few vineyards located on the top of the mountain with the vines at an altitude of 150 meters and 2km from the Mediterranean Sea.
Camplazens is on a table top plateau consisting of Mediterranean red soils with a sand, silt and clay mix on a limestone base.
Château de Camplazens
10. Château Coupe Roses
The Château Coupe Roses, family wine estate, is located in the small and pretty village of La Caunette in the Minervois area. Within this little medieval city nestled at the bottom of a cliff, they make a range of organic wines to have the best expression of the terroir. Many events are organized, such as concerts and expositions, while wine tastings are possible throughout the whole year.
Château Coupe Roses
11. Château de l’Ou
Our vineyard with typical Mediterranean grape varieties (Syrah, Grenache noir, blanc et gris, Mourvèdre…) has turned to Organic Farming since 1998: 26 hectares on the arid terroir from Plaine du Roussillon and 14 hectares on schists in Haute Vallée de l’Agly. Séverine and Philippe Bourrier built this property by replanting more than half of the vineyards and renovating the cellar, with the aim of producing high quality wines in Roussillon. The Côtes du Roussillon and the 100% grape varieties cuvées are characterized by fruity and silky tannins. Be guided by the Route of the Senses composed of the Olfactive Route and that of the Touch, approach the tasting by having fun in a very educational way! Come to compare terroirs of Roussillon by tasting the same grape variety (Syrah) grown on three different terroirs. Discover the secrets of the vineyards, the wine, and Organic Farming by video. Château de l’Ou hosts wine tasting, cellar visits, and wine tourism events throughout the year.
Château de l’Ou