A very well known wine region, the Minervois is also an excellent area to explore for it history of appellations, cathares and medieval ruins discovered via cycling, hiking, rambling & motorbiking. 

The Haut-Minervois, separately named, consists of a variety of villages situated in the Northern part of the Minervois region in the Languedoc-Rousillon (including Herault & Aude departments).  Here are a few to visit right from our doorstep:

  • Rieux Minervois, the Rieux Church consists of 11th, 12th century & Roman architecture.
  • Caunes Minervois, known for its abbey, ancient city and pink marble, all set on the backdrop of the Montagne Noire & nearby the Hermitage of Notre Dame du Cros.
  • Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine caves, a well known spelunking site, near Villeneuve-Minervois.
  • La Redorte, home to the Canal du Midi port and a triple staircase spillway across the canal.
  • Minerve, the last stand of the Cathares sits atop a cliff between two riverbeds, a mere 15 minute drive from La Dolce Vita - not to be missed!
  • Lac de Jouarres, where you can enjoy water sports for the day or picnic on the beach.

When we speak about local wine appelations, we must mention the Corbières, which extends south of the Canal du Midi all the way to the Spanish border.  This region also includes hilltop Cathare ruins like Peyrepertuse & Queribus and a still functioning Abbey in the artists' town of Lagrasse, all excellent sites to visit and only a breath away.

There are many more visits and adventures to have, just ask upon arrival and we are happy to inform.