The vine is omnipresent in the Languedoc landscape and is cultivated by professionals who are passionate about their land and eager to pass on their knowledge. During oenological walks, visits to estates or discovery workshops, get to know the wines of the Languedoc, whose richness reflects the variety of the settings in which they are produced. From the Mediterranean Sea to the Cévennes, via the Pic Saint-Loup and the Canal du Midi, the Hérault hinterland and the sandstone of Montpellier, the flavours follow one another with the terroirs. Discoveries not to be missed if you stay at the 5-star Les Mimosas campsite.
Between land and sea, the coastal vineyards benefit from a mild and constant climate. Oxygenated by the sea air, the white wines are a perfect match for seafood and fish. The vineyards to be visited enjoy sublime landscapes and offer breathtaking panoramas of the Mediterranean, from the feet of the cathedral Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul of Maguelone as well as from the hills overlooking the Thau Lagoon.
The vineyards of the Béziers region prospered in large part thanks to the canal, which promoted the Languedoc wine trade from the 17th to the 19th century. Witnesses to this golden age, sumptuous mansions in a variety of architectural styles still line the vineyards surrounding the Canal du Midi. From a Renaissance château to an Italian villa and an English-style manor house, the most surprising architectural creations bear witness to the glorious past of Béziers wines: they are called the "Folies Languedociennes".
The Hérault hinterland is as rich in historical sites and architectural wonders as it is in exceptional vineyards. Cabrières, Saint-Saturnin or Montpeyroux are all names that evoke the flavours of great wines and the richness of generous soils. Walks in the heart of the vineyards, winegrower's hikes and tastings are offered to curious holidaymakers and passionate locals alike.
The Haut Languedoc is famous for its internationally renowned appellations of Minervois, Faugères and Saint-Chinian: wines with strong character produced in vineyards terraced along rivers, hillsides and valleys. The Muscat de Saint-Jean-en-Minervois is the only Muscat in the Languedoc that is not produced on the coast.
In a grandiose landscape, the vineyards that descend from the Cévennes to Montpellier undulate around the steep slopes of the Pic Saint-Loup. The wines produced are full of the flavours and aromas of the garrigue, between pines, holm oaks, rockrose and juniper.
A broad name, "Grès de Montpellier" refers to the vineyards that surround the city as well as those that extend to the borders of Larzac. It includes Muscat de Lunel, a sweet wine with a protected designation of origin produced on low hillsides overlooking the Mediterranean.
To taste these wines, go to the best restaurants in the Hérault!