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5 Days Pézenas Wine Tours France

  • Maison Dix - Chambre d’Hotes, 10 Avenue de la Gare, 34320 Neffiès, France

France Culinary Tour in Languedoc-Roussillon

This fabulous vineyard tour is an exploration of the beautiful wine region of Pzenas and Ste, which encompasses the famous wines of Faugres and Terrasses du Larzac. During this tour, you will enjoy some wonderful foodie experiences, starting with a visit to a goat farm and visits to St. Guilhem-le-Desert and the Abbey de Valmagne. You will also relish some delicious ingredients, such as Roquefort cheese and the famous Bouzigues oysters. Arrive, relax, and prepare yourself for a tasty tapas and wine tasting holiday for the next few days.

Highlights

  • Tapas and wine tastings
  • 3 days tour of Languedoc
  • Meet local resident merchants
  • Taste Faugres and Terrasses du Larzac
  • Beautiful surroundings along Neffis village
  • Enjoy French lunches with wine tasting
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Lunch every day
  • 3 days with instruction
  • French, English
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Maison Dix is a finely restored Maison de Vigneron, in the pretty wine-growing village of Neffis, close to the historic town of Pzenas. It is well located for your tour days. In homage to the buildings past, guest rooms are named after grape varietals that were once pressed on the ground floor. All rooms are en-suite, spacious, and well appointed. You will find Egyptian cotton linen, towels, robes, and hand-made toiletries. You are free to enjoy the whole house, not just your guest room. After a great days wine tasting and learning, catch-up with others in the guest lounge, or relax in the guest den. There is great outside space as well, and the walled garden is a perfect spot to soak up the sun or take a dip in the heated pool. From the front courtyard, you might just glimpse the organic winemaking neighbor with his trusty horse and cart.

Grenache guest room

Large bedroom furnished in traditional style, with twin beds and spacious en-suite with walk-in shower. Located on first floor of Maison Dix.

Picpoul guest room

Large bedroom furnished in traditional style, with queen-size double bed and spacious en-suite with walk-in shower. Located on first floor of Maison Dix.

Syrah guest room

Large bedroom furnished in traditional style, with queen-size double bed and spacious en-suite with walk-in shower. Located on second floor of Maison Dix.

Viognier guest room

Large bedroom furnished in traditional style, with queen-size double bed and spacious en-suite with walk-in shower. Located on second floor of Maison Dix.

Day one, Friday:

Gourmet walking tour in Ste, vineyard tour and Abbey de Valmagne

The tour starts with a drive to the interesting town of Ste for a unique gourmet walking tour. Stroll beside the Canals of the Venice of France. Past historical buildings whilst sampling local specialties and meet merchants while you get historical and cultural tips. Your visit will include delights such as pastry and chocolate, fine foods, cheeses, and wines. Your culinary adventure will also take you to Les Halles: the harbors colorful and authentic covered market with the best fish, seafood, and fresh local produce.

At mid-day, you will whisk off to one of the most beautiful wine domains in the area, where you will enjoy a superb lunch. The wine makers wife is a superb cook, so its paradise for all foodies out there. It usually takes place in the spectacular garden or close to the pool of this beautifully cared for domain.

After lunch, you will take a walk through the vineyard, to learn how the history of the domain spans many hundreds of years, as well as to know more about how the vines are grown and cared for, before tasting a superb range of wines. After saying goodbye to the family, you will head off to the abbey of Valmagne, which in 1791 was converted into a wine cave for maturing wine in large barrels - a function it still undertakes to this day. Visit the abbey. Afterwards, take a stroll through the gardens and the plot of vines.

Day two, Saturday:

St. Guilhem-le-Desert, the wines of the Terrasses du Larzac, and Roquefort tasting

Todays tour is a mixture of historical sights, wine, and delicious Roquefort cheese. Start the day with a visit to the beautiful village of St. Guilhem-le-Desert, where you will spend most of the morning exploring the village and the abbey at its heart, which is a Jewel of Romanesque art. Lunch will be in the wine makers village of Montpeyroux. Enjoy a delicious platter of local foods accompanied by wine from a very local vigneron.

Spend the afternoon tasting the wines of Appellation d'origine contrle (AOP) Terrasses du Larzac, which is a quite a young appellation created in 2005 that is making a great name for itself. The area has an almost perfect climate for producing aromatic red and white wines and has attracted many new producers, who have invested a great deal. Now the wines are receiving critical acclaim from journalists around the world.

The afternoon tastings will include a visit to a renowned wine maker producing some excellent sweet wines, which will match perfectly with the Roquefort cheese you will taste at the same time.

Day three, Sunday:

The Faugres and Pzenas vineyards

This tour encompasses the numerous terrors of the wines grown around the town of Pzenas. The landscape is Garrigue clad, mound shaped hills that have jagged teeth of rock jutting sky wards. Sitting in the folds of this rolling landscape, you will find many pretty villages. This tour will take you to one of the prettiest ones to meet Vin en Vacances favorite wine producers in the area. They make very small quantities of superb hand crafted wines from old varieties growing in a beautiful setting. You will spend the morning walking amongst the vines and the wild flowers in the organic vineyard, tasting the wines and enjoying a vignerons lunch with the wine makers.

Say goodbye and head into the neighboring appellation of Faugres. The wines of this area are some of the finest Languedoc has to offer. They are grown on crumbly rock called schist, which gives the wines character and longevity. It is a small appellation consisting of just a handful of villages. The tour will take you to one of the stars of the region. She is farming organically, seeking out the best growing conditions to produce highly prized Faugres wines. You will see her new winery, built into the rock, with views across the valley and down to an old stone cassot, where you will enjoy the tasting of a range of wines. At the end of the day, visit a goat farm to sample cheese and meet the goats.

  • Drive to the interesting town of Ste
  • Explore the harbors seafood market in Les Halles
  • Lunch at a wine makers village in Montpeyroux
  • Stroll beside the canals of the Venice of France
  • Visit the wine cave of Abbey of Valmagne and the beautiful village of St. Guilhem-le-Desert
  • Walk along the town of Pzenas

This food and wine tour will take place in and around Languedoc-Roussillon wine region, south of France.

Activities
  • Cycling nearby
  • Diving
  • Gym
  • Hiking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
  • Terrace
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

The range of wines produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon is wide and diverse. Gathering well earned praise every year, it is possibly the most exciting vineyard region in France and yet the most undiscovered and least well know. Often referred to as The New World of France, the area has attracted some of the worlds most ambitious wine makers. Vin en Vacances has a number of ways to help you get to know more about the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon. Please find a little guide of the styles of wines you will taste.

Appellation d'origine contrle (AOP) wines

Until 2009, France labeled its appellation wines as AOC, which meant the wines were controlled; but now they are labelled AOP, the P standing for protected. In Languedoc-Roussillon, these wines are nearly always a blend of grape varieties with three white wine exceptions (Muscat, Picpoul du Pinet, and Clairette du Languedoc). The appellation is written on the label and will be sandwiched between the words appellation and protge. So for instance, if you are buying a Minervois wine, the label will state Appellation Minervois Protge. This guarantees the origin of the wine and tells you the place where it grew - Minervois in this case. The reds will be a blend of Carignan, Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvdre, and Cinsault; and the whites can be a blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Rousanne, and Maccabeo, but you will also come across many others.

Red wines

In general, the red AOP wines tend to be full bodied, spicy, and sometimes a little peppery with flavors of black fruits, such as plums, blackberries, and cherries. They can sometimes have a herbyness, described as garrigue. Some are smooth and elegant, with a delightful freshness on the finish, and some are more rustic.

Ros wines

Somehow, a glass of ros does not taste good unless the sun is shining. Drink it in the summer months at lunch time, or at the end of the day as an apro before dinner. Ros is better dry and fruity with refreshing acidity. You do not want it complex, just chilled and delicious Languedoc ros hardly ever will let you down.

Sparkling

If sparkling wine is your tipple of choice, then head for Limoux in the Aude region, as this is the place where it all began back in the 16 th century. You will find simple apple flavored fizz called Blanquette du Limoux, rich complex Champagne styles called Crmant du Limoux, and a delicious sweet and fruity style, similar to a very good cider called Blanquette Ancestral.

Sweet wines

There are a great many ways to make sweet wine, but only one of them is allowed for AOP wines in Languedoc-Roussillon, and that is by fortification and is called Vin Doux Naturels. Fortifying means to add grape spirit (like brandy) to the wine, either before or after fermentation. If this is done in the early stages of fermentation, the yeast will be knocked out preventing them from eating any more of the sugar. The resulting wine will be sweet, but also alcoholic because of the addition of the brandy. The most well-known wines made this way in Languedoc-Roussillon are the sweet Muscats, but there are also some reds made in the Roussillon region using mainly Grenache such Banyuls, Rivesaltes, and Maury.

Vin du Pays

The VdP category allows wine makers to experiment and use local grape varieties, as well as varieties that were not traditionally grown in the area. Because of the flexible rules, the Vins du Pays designation, which these days is known as IGP, has attracted many new wine makers to Languedoc (some from Australia and New Zealand), resulting in the region being dubbed as the New World of France. Under this designation you will find the familiar International Grape Varietals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as some ancient varieties that have been saved because of IGP, such as Terret, Carignan Blanc, and Gris.

White Wines

There is not a typical style of Languedoc white wine. You will find everything from rich full, bodied oak fermented wines, to mineral, deeply complex and lean simple fruity styles. There are some famous whites such as La Clape, where the ancient grape variety Bourboulenc comes into its own and Limoux Blanc, which must be barrel fermented. The main thing the wine maker needs to do when making white wine, is strive to retain enough acidity to refresh you. At the same time, he must pick when there is enough maturity to give you good fruit flavor.

  • Do some bike riding in Neffis
  • Explore nearby lakes and rivers, ideal for swimming and relaxing, with clear water and beautiful scenery
  • Explore the restored Maison de Vigneron'
  • Go canoeing along Gorges Du Verdon
  • Go hiking in the pine forests and foothills of the black mountains
  • Visit the many beaches of Cap d'Agde, easily accessible by car
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 days touring the region
  • All visits and tastings
  • Lunch each day
  • Tapas and wine tasting on arrival day
  • Airfare
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Airport transfers
  • Health insurance
  • Travel expenses
  • Travel Insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Bziers Cap d'Agde Airport (BZR).

Distances

  • Aigues Mortes - 1 hour
  • Bziers - 30 minutes
  • Bouzigues - 30 minutes
  • Canal du Midi - 30 minutes
  • Carcassonne - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Millau Viaduct and Roquefort - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Montpellier - 1 hour
  • Nmes - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Perpignan - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Pzenas - 30 minutes
  • Ste - 1 hour
  • St. Guillhelm le Desert - 1 hour
  • The Camargue - 1 hour