6 Night Food & Wine Tour Languedoc, based at Chateau Terre Blanche

Château Terre Blanche

Fine Wine Tours South France and France Journeys have combined their local expertise and are delighted to bring to you our guests a locals view of this fabulous region to discover the amazing food, wine and culture that are unique to this area in south west France.

Day 1 - INTRODUCTION / DINNER AND WINE

Upon arrival in Toulouse you will be meet by your host and guide Angus who will transferred you to Chateau de Terre Blanche in Chalabre were we hope you will spend relaxing and memorable six days. After you have settled in to your rooms it would be our pleasure to invite you on to the terrace for a glass of the local sparkling from the nearest appellation, Limoux, which produces some of the best white wines in the region including its sparkling Crémant & Blanquette, and has been doing so since 1531.One hundred and fifty years before Don Perignon in Champagne. You will have time to relax by the pool before dinner or take a short stroll around the garden or the village. Menus are created by our chef . All our ingredients are locally sourced

Day 2 - GUIDED MARKET TOUR /LUNCH/ RELAXATION

This morning after breakfast we are heading towards the beautiful medieval village of Mirepoix, which holds its fantastic produce market every Monday. Angus or our chef will take you on a tour of this truly wonderful market,with its vats of snails cooked in garlic and parsley. Discover all of the locally produced fruit and vegetables including the seasonal wild mushrooms from the local forests. You will have to help us choose the cheese for tonight dinner. Lunch is in Mirepoix then it will time to head back to Chalabre for some time to relax and enjoy the pool and garden Our chef invites any of you who would like to join him in the kitchen as he prepares tonight's dinner. Pre-dinner canapés and aperitifs will be served on the Terrace

Day 3 - LIMOUX VINEYARD VISIT/ LUNCH / HISTORY

This morning we will be heading of to one of our favourite white wine producers, the Padman family of Château Rives Blanques. Carly who makes the wine with her son Jan Junior , has invited us to spend the morning amongst the vine's to savour some of the history of the domaine, and to explain how they produce their highly regarded wines. You will also be shown the wine making facility. Where you will discover why the wines of Limoux are different to other French sparkling wines. Then for the best part of the visit you will be invited to a tasting of the wines. Then after we say au revoir to the Padmans its down the hill to the the Village of Limoux for lunch at the hotel Modern Pidgeon.
This afternoons activity is a bit of history ,as we will be visiting the abbey of Saint Hilaire . It is believed that the first fermentation of white wine was discovered here by accident. Dinner at the Chateau

Day 4 - CARCASSONNE VISIT / MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANT / LANGUEDOC WINE TASTING

This morning a visit to the Unesco world heritage the medieval city of Carrcassone . Which has always been a point of defence over the centuries from the time of the Galo-Romans to the Visigoths. Enjoy a tour of the walled cite with our own expert guide where you will learn about the history of this amazing place. Enjoy some time to explore the city before we depart for lunch at the restaurant of a very special friend of Fine Wine Tours,Michelin star chef Jean Marc Boyer.
Jean is one of the five Michelin star chefs in the region and is a particular favorite of Angus. Jean Marc's is followed by a Languedoc wine tasting in the Minervois region. We will take a tour through the vines then we will visit the cellar and finish our visit with a tasting. There will be time for a game of Petanque on the chateaus court before departing for dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants.

Day 5 - NARBONNE MARKET/ SEAFOOD / LA CLAPE

Today we are going towards the Med to the old Roman town of Narbonne. With a bit of a personal touch, we have spent years developing relationships with the market stall holders at the covered market Les Halles in the centre of town. You will see and taste all the best that this part of the Languedoc has to offer from its olive's groves to local poultry and charcuterie. As well as all the local seafood from Port la Nouvelle near Narbonne. After a tour of the market stop at one of the bars and have a glass of the local white wines for your aperitif. Now you should be ready for lunch in one of the many fine restaurants in and around the market. After lunch take a stroll around this historical town with its unfinished Cathedral or look at the via Dominta the original Roman road that has been uncovered. But for all food & wine lovers you must visit the Ferme Narbonnaise owned and run by our good friend Remi. This beautifully presented store has the most amazing produce from the local region as well as from all over the world. This afternoon a stop in the Languedoc appellation of the Clape on the coast and visit the vineyards. Then we will head back and enjoy our fresh sea food from the market Tonight we will have a special guest joining us for dinner

Day 6 - HISTORY / TRUFFLE LUNCH / SPECIAL DINNER

For our final day of discovery we are heading to the Minervois region which is not only highly regarded for its wines,but also for the black gold that grows in the local bush around the oak trees Can anyone guess ? Yes its truffles which have been growing wild here for centuries. Truffles are a lucrative commodity and can be up-to 780 € a kilo.
We are going to visit one of the original families of the area who have now started to produce truffle on their Domain Château D'Argeres.
The Cro Mayrevielle family have been farming the land here for five generations ,They produce Wine ,Truffles & olive oil. Deni & his son Jean Baptiste who is the wine maker have given us access to this very special place,How special will become apparent as the day goes on. On our arrival we will visit their truffle field and you will learn about the special relationship between tuber & tree. Then we will learn about the history of the surrounding land and the family's place in that history. Before lunch we will be invited to see the domaines enormous cave where the wine is produced and stored. Then Mrs Cro Meyrevielle will invite us to the family table for lunch to try the truffles with their wines. Then its back to Chalabre before our final evening together at a very special place for dinner.

Day 7 - Au Revoir

This morning after breakfast you will depart for your journey home or onward to another destination. Your driver / guide will transfer you to the airport or station as desired. We are sure you will have enjoyed your Languedoc Wine Tours and the many other visits from the Chateau.

Tour Dates for 2016

  • April 03 - April 09
  • May 29 - June 04
  • June 26 - July 02
  • July 17 - July 23
  • August - Closed
  • September 25 - October 1
  • October 23 - October 29

Price

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Included

  • 6 nights stay at the Chateau de Terre Blanche in Grand Chateau Room with en-suite bathroom
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 4 dinners with wine, dinner menus are developed exclusively for Chateau Terre Blanche by Michelin star Chef Jean Marc Boyer. Including one wine tasting dinner with local Master of Wine.
  • 2 dinners at local restaurants
  • Wine tours / tastings as per itinerary
  • Chefs Master class with Michelin star Chef Jean Marc Boyer
  • Saffron cooking class
  • Pick up and drop off at the arranged point at the time of your booking by your guide for duration of your stay in an air conditioned vehicle and all daily excursions. The choices are as follows. Carcassonne station or airport. Toulouse station or now a link from Barcelona to Narbonne station.
  • All visits and tours per itinerary
  • Private driver guide

Not Included

  • Any personal purchases
  • Any extra request outside the agreed menus & wines supplied at the restaurants.
  • Telephone calls outside the French Metropolitan area
  • Air or Rail. We can assist with these arrangements as needed.
  • We can also assist with any add-on arrangements for pre or post stays upon request.




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