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Chateau La Villatade – Minervois Chateau B&B

Minervois Chateau B&B at Château La Villatade is in the heart of Minervois wine country just 15km from the magical medieval city of  Carcassonne (11 Aude, Occitanie) and offers gîtes (cottages) and chambres d’hôte (B&B) accommodation.

Chateau Villatade vines

Chateau Villatade vines

Set on a 127-hectare vineyard, the chateau features a natural swimming pool, wine tasting sessions and free Wi-Fi in public areas. There are plenty of opportunities for cycling and hiking in the immediate vicinity
Château La Villatade offers both guest rooms (B&B) and cottages with views of the courtyard or the surrounding vineyards.

Each one combines a contemporary and rustic style, and also includes a small kitchenette.

winevilletade_wineThe wines of the Minervois are a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grapes which do well in the hot southern climate – yet in domaines such as this they are produced to combine robustness with smoothness to yield an elegant red wine.

Minervois is an appellation for distinctive red wines from the western Languedoc in France. In general, they are more supple than those produced in Corbieres, just to the south. The Minervois title also covers rosé and white wines.

The appellation takes its name from Minerve, a village 25 miles (40km) from the Mediterranean coast and surrounded by the southern French foothills. The village is named after the Greek goddess Minerva. such are the town’s connections with ancient history; there are cave paintings in the local caves which date back more than 30,000 years, and fossilized footprints have been found which confirm human were here more than 8000 years ago. The town’s wine history is also impressively long; archaeological evidence shows that viniculture here dates back to early-Roman or even pre-Roman times.

Minerve village

Minerve village

The Minervois appellation was granted in 1985 and since then, the local wines have changed dramatically, gaining praise from critics in France and abroad. As with many French appellations, this increase in quality is due to significant investments in winery equipment and improved vineyard management.

The predominant grape varieties used in Minervois wines are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, which must collectively make up at least 60% of the blend, possibly complemented by Carignan and Cinsaut. Bourboulenc. The appellation’s white wines, which vary considerably in quality and style, are made from Vermentino, Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. White Minervois Blanc is changing with time, becoming increasingly aromatic and refined.

For more information and to check availability at this Minervois Chateau B&B see  Château La Villatade

For more information and to check availability at the self-catering cottages see Chateau la Villatade

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