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Theme based Languedoc wine tours

The Languedoc-Roussillon wine area is certainly the region where the most interesting things happen in terms of the wine-growing industry, not only for the benefit of France, but also for the world over.
This wine-growing area is the largest in the world. It is not only the largest wine-growing region and the most productive in terms of wines in France, but it is also the oldest.
The history of the Languedoc vineyard begins with the Greeks, many eras before our time, when the vine was introduced in the 5th Century B.C.  And like many other French vineyards, it developed considerably under the impetus of the Romans, having taken up the torch as fine connoisseurs of vine cultivation of their state.  Since then, the wine-growing industry has played a significant role in the regional economy.

Tours are customized to cater to clients interests, budget and schedule. Tour groups cannot exceed 10 participants as most vineyards do not allow large groups. Transportation is by comfortable air conditionned mini bus, van or car (depending on size of the group). The tour guide is a wine expert who speaks english or mandarin. The cost of these customized tours is based on the number of people, number of days and the theme of the tour. Consult our experts for advice and rates. Just send an email to concierge@southernfranceluxury.com and our consultant will immediately call you back.

SAMPLE 1 WINE AND CASTLE
The Castle tour will include 2 castles and an abbey with their majestuous cellars , learn how wines were prepared by monks traditions, and admire the magnificent architecture. Lunch will be taken in the dining hall with traditional french meal including, starter, main course, cheese and desserts and of course wines to match the meals.

 

 

SAMPLE 2: WINE AND TRADITIONS
Wine trade and culture dates back to VII C before Christ, with initially a greek influence, then a roman, and then in the XVIIth century, the wine trade began with the construction of the Canal du Midi.
A short drive to an abbey where the first sparkling wine was created by the monks in 1531. This is a beautiful abbey and we will spend a little time walking through the cloisters and taking a look at the wine cellar and the other historical buildings.
Lunch will be in a typical french auberge where the art of eating will be described, how to set the table, the shapes of the glasses, rules of etiquette, politeness in France.
Outing on canal du Midi on a barge to admire the landscape. A wine tasting will be organized while coasting on the canal with sweet and sparkling wines, favorite drinks especially for ladies. Option : Wine festival !!! depending on time of year (mainly June) , participate in a local wine festival with ancestral parades, discover wine glasses and caraffes, play traditional games etc….

 

SAMPLE 3 : WINE AND GASTRONOMY
When it is time to sit down at the table with friends, food and wine join together in celebration. Century after century, season after season… In the summer, at lunchtimes, for example, what better than accompanying fish, seafood and shellfish with a white AOC wine from the coast? In the depths of winter, hotpots and stews clamour for a bold wine, full of power and warmth.
We let you discover or rediscover the general rules for combining food and wine, putting such principles into practice in the kitchen with recipes and advice to accompany alike, the region’s wines.
Morning: a gourmet walking tour in a fishing town to sample french specialities like pastries, breads, cheeses, chocolates, seafood, coffee, and wine…and also meet merchants who will speak about the production of their food made by their families for many generations;
Lunch in a seaside restaurant to observe table étiquette, how to set a table, which glasses to use and how to select wines.
Afternoon : An absolutely fascinating tour of an oyster and mussel producer. We can promise you that you will be astonished! This is rounded off by a tasting of the freshest oysters and mussels that you will ever taste, washed down by a glass or two of the local Picpoul de Pinet white wine, the ideal accompaniment to seafood.

SAMPLE 4 : WINE AND HEALTH
Disovering organic wines and the production techniques to make natural wines. Medical research proves that moderate consumption of wine can reduce the risk of heart disease leading to a longer healthier life. The region abounds with organic vineyards, as it is the leading region in France for organic wines. This is due to the lovely dry climate leaving the vineyards free of insects and fungus.

Morning: Visit a very pretty domaine perched high up with views over to the Mediterranean on a clear day. This organic vineyard is also biodynamic which means everything they do in the vineyard and the winery is governed by the rhythm of the earth and moon. They produce red, rosé and white and after visiting the winery you will have the chance to taste them all. The visit is followed by a visit to the goat farm close by where you will meet the goats and taste their produce. Lunch in a country auberge or a picnic in the vineyards weather permitting..

Afternoon: A tour of a second vineyard. This one is also organic and produces small amounts of top class wines of all styles. The drive back to your holiday home will take you through beautiful countryside awash with colour, vineyards and olive groves produce high quality organic wines.

 


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