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 self-catering gîtes (cottages) and rooms.
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 cottages and rooms with views of the courtyard or the surrounding vineyards.
Each one combines a contemporary and rustic style, and also includes a small kitchenette.
The 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 neighbouring Corbieres, just to the south. The Minervois label also includes 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. and the town has connections with ancient history; with local cave paintings, dating back millenia. Viticulture here dates back to early-Roman times or even earlier.
The Minervois appellation was granted in 1985 since when quality has improved considerably.
The main grape varieties used in Minervois wines are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Carignan and Cinsaut. Bourboulenc. can also be used, The appellation’s white wines are made from Vermentino, Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc.
for more info and to check availability at this Minervois vineyard see Château La Villatade
alternative nearby vineyard accommodation: Chateau Saint Jacques d’Albas
by train to Carcassonne
nearest airport: Toulouse Blagnac TLS
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