Western Languedoc Wine Tour - 6 Days

This wine tour of western Languedoc introduces you to some outstanding vineyards in one of the biggest wine-producing areas of France.

The vineyards of Languedoc extend from the border of Spain in the west right the way along the south west coast of France to Montpellier in the east.

No other region boasts such variety. Over thirty different grape stocks are grown here producing reds, whites, rosés, sparkling and sweet wines. If you’re a wine-lover you are spoilt for choice in Languedoc Roussillon!

This 6 day wine tour concentrates on the rich and varied vineyards in the western Languedoc. An extended 2 centre tour is also available that explores the whole of the Languedoc Roussillon vineyard area from west to east.

Your base for this wine tour is the medieval city of Carcassonne. It’s one of the most beautiful fortified towns in Europe and a fabulous base from which to radiate out to explore the surrounding vineyards.

Our itinerary includes a number of professionally guided visits to selected red wine producing estates. Explore the wild and beautiful Minervois area, discover the outstanding sparkling wines of Limoux and visit some of the oldest vineyards on the coast of the south of France.

Along the way you’ll meet the smaller producers who will share with you their knowledge of and passion for their area and the wines that they create.

This single centre, fully flexible itinerary is based near Carcassonne and will form the basis from which your own personal French itinerary will be created.

We suggest you fly into Toulouse, Carcassonne or Perpignan from where you can hire a car.

On this wine and vineyard discovery tour of the western Languedoc, your professional local guides will introduce you to some of the wine-producing highlights of the area.

From Limoux to Minervois to Rivesaltes, the wine-enthusiast will be bowled over by the sheer variety in the area. Enjoy!

The price for this your wine trip experience will depend on your accommodation choice, the number of people, the time of year and which elements of the itinerary you wish to include.

This itinerary can be combined with any of the others on our site to create your complete personal trip to France. If you’d like to build some history and culture into your holiday then consider combining it with our historic Languedoc itinerary. Or if you’re a food lover then the Foodies Tour of western Languedoc itinerary is sure to tickle your tastebuds.

Day 1
Carcassonne

Discover Carcassonne on a guided half day walking tour during which you’ll meet some of the smaller producers of handmade chocolates and artisanal wines from the immediate area. The tour will include tastings and of course that all-important opportunity to buy some of the delicious products that you’ll try. Your guide will also regale you with tales of old Carcassonne and the rich history of this fascinating former Cathar stronghold.

Day 2
Limoux

Your professional local guide will collect you from your accommodation and take you for a tour to discover the producers of Blanquette de Limoux. You’ll enjoy a private tour of a state of the art winery and learn how this delicious sparkling wine is produced. A relaxed and fun tasting session will be followed by a 3 course lunch in the domaine’s superb restaurant.

After lunch you’ll enjoy a visit to a second vineyard estate before returning to Carcassonne via a visit to the Abbaye de St Hilaire where the first sparkling wine in the world was created by the monks in 1531

Day 3
Minervois

Today’s guided visit will take you to some top producers of delicious reds from the Minervois area east of Carcassonne. You’ll visit a vineyard and learn how the vines are cared for throughout the year and then visit the winery to discover the wine-making process.

You’ll enjoy extensive tastings of these delicious wines before being driven to Caunes-Minervois where a home-cooked traditional lunch will be waiting for you. After lunch, a stroll through this historic village before heading to a second family-owned estate which produces red, white and rosé wines.

Day 4
Local explorations

Today you are free to explore the area at your leisure following some of the recommendations we will make based on your interests.

Day 5
Roman vineyards

A real treat for you today as you’ll explore one of the most highly regarded vineyard areas of the south of France, la Clape near Narbonne.

Vines have been grown here since Roman times and you will have the opportunity to taste both red and white wines on this vineyard tour. The latter is produced from an ancient grape variety called Bourboulenc which is today blended with other white grape varieties to produce some of the finest white wines in the south of France.

You’ll enjoy a fabulous seafood lunch in the pretty port of Gruissan where you’ll visit the salt pans and learn how salt is harvested.

A second vineyard visit in the afternoon to sample wines from a different ‘terroir’ on the opposite side of la Clape – it will be fascinating to compare your two very different wine experiences of the day.

Day 6
Self-guided local discoveries

Spend your final day in the western Languedoc exploring the area at your leisure following our recommendations based on your interests.

You may opt to explore the vineyards and wineries of the red wine producing Côte de Malpère around Carcassonne. Or maybe you’d prefer to visit one of the organic/bio-dynamic vineyards in the area and learn more about this growing movement amongst the wine producers of France.

Includes

  • A personal itinerary created especially for you
  • Guided vineyard visits and wine tastings as specified
  • Lunches where indicated
  • Accommodation and breakfast each day
  • Local tourist information and ideas for places to visit
  • Our personal attention throughout your stay

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Local transport unless specified
  • Lunches unless specified
  • Evening meals and drinks unless specified
  • Your personal insurance



Trip Facts

  • Min 2 people
  • April-November
  • 6 days
  • A top quality guest house or 3 to 4* hotel, the choice is yours