In the midst of the vineyards of the Languedoc, Chateau Borie-Neuve at Badens produces Minervois wines, east of the fabulous medieval city of Carcassonne (11 Aude, Occitanie)
The Bed & Breakfast accommodation is in a separate manor house with garden and swimming pool.Breakfast can be taken outside or in the Chateau’s dining room,
The Gites, sleeping 4-6 people are positioned separately and are self-contained amongst the vines. Kitchen, Terrace and Swimming pool.
Just 15km from Carcassonne (and its airport) the Chateau is in Laure-Minervois. The Canal du Midi and the Cathar village of Minerve are also nearby..
a nearby vineyard alternative is Chateau Saint Jacques d’Albas (self-catering gites)
airport: Toulouse Blagnac TLS 120km/75miles
somewhere to stay? ferry? trains?, car hire?
The Minervois territory is a vast amphitheatre bordered by the Canal du Midi to the south, the Montagne Noire to the north and extending from the heights of Narbonne to the gates of Carcassonne.
The Clamoux, Argent Double, Ognon and the Cesse rivers all run down the Montagne Noire to the Aude and, over time, have created a series of terraces made from stones, clays, schiste and limestone. The landscape alternates between these terraces and limestone and clay marls. The higher altitude areas consist of limestone plateaus.
The climate is mainly Mediterranean with ocean influences to the west (Clamoux and Côtes Noires) with difficult winters in the Causse at altitudes above 300 m.
The Grapes used include Syrah, Mourvedre . Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Lladoner Pelut, Carignan, Cinsault, Terret, Aspiran, Piquepoul for the red wines . Marsanne, Roussanne, Maccabeu, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache, Vermentino and small berry Muscat for the white wines. (www.languedoc-wines.com)