A land of history, castles and hidden treasures, the Cathar country is also a high quality wine region with 8 AOP wines, and when you wonder what to do in the Aude, discovering its wine is a wonderful idea. Focus on some great wines to discover or rediscover during your stay at camping Domaine de la Palme in the Aude.
In the Montreal region near Carcassonne, the Malepère produces red and rosé wines on limestone hillsides that cover an area of over 500 hectares. Powerful Aude wines that seduce with their fruity, vanilla aroma and ruby colour.
On the border between the Aude and the Hérault, between Carcassonne and Narbonne via the Canal du Midi, the Minervois is a land with a long winegrowing tradition from which many vintages are produced. This vineyard is ideal for combining oenology, hiking, discovering the local heritage and cycling along the canal.
The wines of Corbières benefit from good sunshine and are exposed to the dry north wind, both of which shape their character. This vast territory produces a wide range of red and white wines, and its volume is the highest in the Languedoc. There are several themed routes to discover them, including the Route des Sites Cathares and the Route des Etangs.
Famous throughout the world, Blanquette de Limoux can claim to be the world's first sparkling wine. It was invented by chance by a Benedictine monk from the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire at the beginning of the 16th century, who discovered that the wine he had bottled sparkled.
Welcome to this small area of the Corbières which is home to some of the finest wines in the Aude, which is why it has its own appellation. This vineyard covers 10 communes between Thézan-des-Corbières and Lézignan-Corbières. Carignan is the king grape variety followed by Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
This vineyard extends over 2,600 hectares between the Corbières massif and the Mediterranean. It produces excellent red wines with a fruity taste of grenache.
Close to the medieval city of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi, on the southern slopes of the Black Mountain, the Cabardès has the particularity of being situated on the climatic border between the Atlantic and Mediterranean influences. This is why some of the best wines of the Aude region cohabit with several grape varieties such as Merlot, characterised by its red fruit flavour, Cabernet and its subtle liquorice aroma, Syrah and its spicy aroma, Grenache... From this unusual encounter is born a wine with a strong charisma in a territory that includes 18 communes benefiting from the Cabardès appellation
Between Narbonne and the Mediterranean Sea, north of the 3-star Flower Domaine de La Palme campsite, La Clape
Would you like to immerse yourself in the world of oenology during your camping holiday in the Aude? Take the time to visit these 5 vineyards during your stay:
Domaine de Baronarques: A historic estate in Limoux and Languedoc owned by the Baroness of Rothschild with several grands crus like Château Mouton Rothschild.
Address : Domaine de Baronarques, 11300 Saint-Polycarpe
Wine prices : Between 18 € and 37 €.
Château La Villatade: A fabulous 130 hectare site in the heart of the Cabardès, just 15 minutes drive from Carcassonne.
Address : Château La Villatade, La Villatade, 11600 Sallèles-Cabardès
Wine prices : Between 10 € and 30 €.
Château de Pennautier: The vines are planted around a historic monument that has been in the same family since the early 17th century. A very fine sample of Aude wines from the gentle slopes of the Black Mountain, with an Atlantic aroma and a Mediterranean sweetness.
Address: Château de Pennautier, La Métairie Basse, 11610 Pennautier
Wine prices: Between 6 € and 26 €.
Château de l'Hospitalet : One of the most beautiful domains of La Clape with several wine tourism activities for all publics.
Address : Château l'Hospitalet, Route de Narbonne plage, 11100 Narbonne
Wine prices: Between 7 € and 200 €.
Abbaye de Fontfroide: This abbey, built in the 12th century and classified as a historic monument, contains a beautiful vineyard planted by Cistercian monks. Several options are available: free tasting of Aude wines, visit of the abbey + tasting, visit + tasting + meal.
Address: Abbaye de Fontfroide, RD 613, 11100 Narbonne
Wine prices: Between 9 € and 37 €.