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The Wines of Languedoc-Roussillon Itinerary and Booking

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ITINERARY

Day 1
Pézenas

Pezenas

Following your arrival at Montpellier airport, continue to meet Bruno Andreu, wine maker and son-in-law to the Jany family who have owned Château Condamine Bertrand since 1792. The Château in the foothills of the Cevennes has approximately 40 hectares under cultivation.

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Day 2
Minervois & Abbaye de Frontfroide

Visit Château Cabezac winery, a large estate in the Minervois adjoining St Chinian. The wines are beautifully crafted and seductive. Michael Broadbent found them “delicious” and “the sort we like to drink at home – characterful and affordable.” [May issue of Decanter magazine 2011]

See the terroir first before returning to meet the wine maker Melanie Estival to taste a range of wines.

Melanie Estival

This afternoon visit Abbaye de Fontfroide with a focus on the masterful panel paintings by Odilon Redon.

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In 1910 Odilon Redon produced two huge panels, Night and Day, to face one another in patron Gustave Fayet’s new library at the Abbey he had purchased just a few years earlier. Enjoy these exquisite art works with a private guide.

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Day 3
Saint-Guilhem-Le-Desert & Terrasses du Larzac

Visit the highlights of the Unesco world heritage site of Saint Guilhem-le-Desert, a jewel of Romanseque architecture on the French route to Santiago de Compostela with a private guide.

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This afternoon meet wine maker Gavin Crisfield. Gavin was formerly wine maker at La Sauvageonne in Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquière, before moving to Les Salces to make his own wines which he terms ‘Burgundian’ at La Traversée.

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Gavin has parcels of vines, comprising Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, cultivated organically on distinct soil types (slate, grés, volcanic and chalk). Each variety is vinified separately, with no added yeasts, in concrete egg-shaped tanks, ‘tronconique’ French oak and oval foudre.

Day 4
Roussillon & Jardin de St Adrien

The beautiful property of Clos de Paulilles is located in one of the prettiest coves in the Languedoc and recently acquired by Maison Cazes.

Banyuls

On arrival meet wine maker Edouard Guerin to enjoy a tasting of sweet wines and crus made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Lunch is included at Banyuls with wines from the estate.

Servian

This afternoon at Servian enjoy a private visit by appointment to the gardens of Daniel and Françoise Malgouyres, whose pretty gardens have been created amid former stone quarries.

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Day 5
Pays D’Oc and Carcassonne

Domaine Gayda was founded in 2003 and uses grapes planted locally as well plantations in La Liviniere.

A visit to the state of the art cellar is included with the wine maker Vincent Chansault, before lunch at the estate’s stunning restaurant.

Enjoy a private guided visit of Unesco world heritage site Carcassonne with a focus on the history of the Cathars.

Carcassonne

Day 6
Pic Saint Loup & Chateau de Flaugergues

Visit Chateau de Lascaux situated in the ‘Garrigue’ landscape winery near Pic Saint Loup with wine maker Jean Benoit Cavalier.

Flaugergues

Enjoy a private visit of the family home and gardens of Château de Flaugergues. The visit includes a wine tasting with wines produced by the estate.

This evening enjoy a gala dinner at the stunning setting of the Abbaye de Valmagne with wine maker Philippe d’Allaines.

Valmagne

Day 7
Montpellier

Enjoy a visit to Montpellier with a guided tour of the historic centre before departure.

PRICE

£1495.00 GBP / $2545.00 USD Per Person Based on a minimum of 10 persons

Single Supplement: £245.00 GBP / 420.00 USD

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 6 nights at a boutique hotel (4-star)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Coaching and driver for 7 days itinerary as listed
  • Vineyard visits to six wineries with wine tasting
  • Itinerary planning and reservation service throughout
  • Excursions:
    • Abbaye de Fontfroide with guide
    • Saint Guilhem-le-Desert with guide
    • The quarry gardens of Jardin de St Adrien with guide
    • Carcassonne with guide
    • The house and gardens of Château de Flaugergues with guide
    • Montpellier with guide
  • Three lunches and two dinners to include:
    • 3 winery lunches with wines
    • 2 dinners excluding wines
    • 1 dinner including wines

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Protection of Monies

In accordance with the United Kingdom’s Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992, Tastes of Italy Limited. protects all monies in a Trust Account. All monies are held in trust until the completion of your holiday or the end of our services to you, which will be specified on our confirmatory booking invoice.

Minimum Numbers

This tour will operate subject to a minimum of 10 participants and maximum of 16 persons.

Not included
  • Travel to and from France
  • Holiday insurance
  • Passport expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals, unless otherwise stated
  • Personal expenditure
Recommended Flights

Recommended flights from London are with Easyjet from Gatwick airport arriving and departing from Montpellier.

Passport

Holders of a UK passport should ensure that the passport is valid for at least 3 months beyond your proposed stay for tourist travel. If you should need a new passport please ensure you inquire in sufficient before your departure.

VISA

Holders of a UK Citizen’s passport do not require visas for travel to France as a tourist.

Other passport holders should check with their local French Embassy or Consulate for further information.

Health

At the time of writing no vaccinations are compulsory for travel to France.  For travel in Europe you will need to bring an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitling you to state funded medical treatment in France.http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx.

Dietary Requirements

Please speak to us as soon as possible if you have any particular dietary requirements.

Special Requests

We are happy to comply with your special requests whenever possible. When it is possible for us to guarantee a special request, we will be happy to do so but ONLY IN WRITTEN CONFIRMATION TO YOU.

Travellers with Disabilities

If you have a disability please let us know details so that we can ensure suitable arrangements are in place for you.  Please note that the suitability of this tour may vary dependent on the nature of the disability and whether you are accompanied by an able-bodied companion.  We regret that sometimes we are unable to provide the itinerary of your choice due to the lack of facilities at the accommodation featured or due to the travel arrangements.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance in place which covers both your financial investment in your trip, such as the cost of lost luggage or cancelled flights and medical emergencies, including repatriation.

For further information and a list of US based travel insurance companies please visit the website:http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1470.html#difference

What travel documents do I need?

Your flight tickets, passport, a copy of your travel insurance policy making a note of the number for medical emergency overseas.

Who are Tastes of Italy?

Since 2000 Tastes of Italy has been creating bespoke trips in Italy, France and Spain for private parties, wine clubs and individuals.  This year we are also introducing Turkey.

Tastes of Italy specialises in gourmet arrangements. Our aim is to provide excellent service, genuine hospitality and enriching travel through careful selection of the people we work with.