The Languedoc Region
Languedoc - a history of wine
Languedoc has a very long and colourful history concerning grapes and wine. The Greeks planted there, probably the first vines in France. It was 500 years B.C. - a long time before the Romans, although they dramatically improved the wine making process when they settled the area.
The Languedoc Wine Region
The regional areas of Roussillon, Languedoc and Provence make one huge wine area stretching all the way from the Spanish border, along the Mediterranean and almost to the Italian border. It is one of the biggest wine growing regions in the world producing outstanding wines in a perfect grape-growing climate and terrain that extends from the sea to the mountains.
The Languedoc - a fascinating and authentic corner of the south-west of France where you can enjoy superb wines, extensive wine tastings, visit vineyards and examine grapes, partake in wine-making, and sample delicious local dishes and fine cuisine.
This is France and French wine and food at its very best.
Vineyard Tours in the Languedoc and Midi-Pyrenees Regions of South France
FINE WINE TOURS with Angus Longstaff covers the whole of Languedoc and Midi-Pyrenees offering vineyard tours, private tours, wine tastings, chateau tours and specialise in the areas of Carcassonne & Toulouse regional vineyards
Faugères, Fitou, Limoux, Minervois, St Chinian, Coteaux du Languedoc, Cabardès Cotes de Malepère, Cartagéne (vin de Liqueur), Costières de Nîmes, St Drézéry, Pic St Loup, La Mejanelle, Malepere, Muscat de Mireval, Muscat de Frontignan, Gres De Montpellier, Terrase du Larzac, Montpeyroux, St Saturnin, St Georges D'Orques, Corbières, Muscat de Rivesaltes
Wine & Food Attractions
What makes Wine Tours of the Languedoc just so much better? It is the South of France with its superb wines plus wonderful sunny weather, great climate, history, the Mediterranean, beautiful scenery, incredible food, fascinating cities and villages. The Languedoc is in the centre of a fantastic region that will excite and interest any visitor, especially those with a passion for great wine and fine French food.
There are countless restaurants with cheap and delicious menus, wonderful food markets in towns and cities throughout the Languedoc and every region has its own speciality. Plus Languedoc, nestled in the south of France, produces a superb and extremely complex variety of wines.
Attractions of the Languedoc Region
Mediterranean Sea Coastline
The Languedoc Roussillon bordering the blue Mediterranean sea has a host of seaside resorts .
Agde (near Béziers), much of the town is built from the black volcanic rock of Mont St Loup which dominates nearby “Cap d’Agde".
Cevennes Hills & Pyrénées mountains
The Cevennes hills bordering the northern side of Languedoc Roussillon are host to the Gorges du Tarn and the Parc National des Cevennes, a walker’s paradise.
Carcassonne is renowned for Cathar history and the Châteaux Cathars of the Minervois.
Béziers for the Canal du Midi, built by Pierre Paul Riquet, with the beautiful Orb valley to the north
Montpellier has become the “capital” of the Languedoc.
Perpignan, Pézenas, Uzès have totally different identities and are all worth a visit.
Meze, Marseillan, Sète
The fishing ports of Meze, Marseillan and Sète are worth a visit. At Sète the Canal du Midi joins the Mediterranean via the Bassin de Thau - a sea lake.
Abbaye de Valmagne and Abbaye de Fontfroide are 13th-century cistercian abbeys, still intact. There is also the Abbey of Saint Guilhem.