5 Night Food & Wine Tour Mirepoix South France
Fine Wine Tours are delighted to offer a new tour, incorporating the vineyards and food in and around Carcassonne. The tour will enable clients to experience the diverse food and wines of this fabulous region and discover many hidden treasures in the departments of Aude, Haute Garonne and the Ariège. The area is rich in historical sites and chateaux, the tour will include 5 nights in the luxury Relais Royal Mirepoix Hotel, 2 visits to Michelin stared restaurants, historic visits, insight into the delights of local produce and visits to the wine growing appellations of Carbardes, Cotes De Malepere and Limoux.
Fine Wine Tours can meet clients at Carcassonne Airport or Train station, which has regular flights from the UK and Ireland with Ryanair. Alternatively from Toulouse Blangnac Airport or Toulouse train station. Its also possible to be met at Narbonne station and Beziers airport. For this tour we stay at the Hotel Relais Royal, a beautiful 17th century townhouse, lovingly restored by hosts Rogier & Gerwin. On arrival you can sit and relax with a glass of the local sparkling Blanquette de Limoux while Angus explains details of the tour. If there is anything of particular interest to you in the region, just mention it and we will do our best to accommodate.
After a gourmet dinner and fine wine, a good sleep and a sustaining breakfast it is time to start the tour.
Matthew Stubbs Vinécole situated at the Domain de Gayda, this is where you become a winemaker for a day. The itinerary includes a tour of the vineyards, learning everything that a good winemaker needs to know, from vine to bottle. Lunch on the first day will be at the Domain's restaurant. After lunch it is "off to school" to create your own blend, then back to the hotel for a pre-dinner dip in the pool, or just relax and take some free time.
We leave the Malepere and head to the department of Haute Garonne to visit some very friendly cows at the delightful Ferme de Cabriole, lovingly run by Kathi & Ernst Fricker and their daughter Cornelia . The family have been making cheese for more than 20 years supplying local restaurants and markets in the area.
Cornelia will give a tour of the farm and its facilities, and introduce the animals. Natalie is the cheese maker and the whole fabrication process will be explained and we will have the opportunity to sample the cheeses.
Lunch will be in the beautiful Village of St Felix de Lauragais at the Auberge Du Poids Public, an opportunity to get a real taste of what the countryside has to offer. The afternoon will incorporate a visit to the market town of Revel and an opportunity to discover how Jean Paul Riquet built the Canal de Midi in the fantastic Canal Museum at St Ferreol.
The tour heads to the Meditterranean to the old Roman town of Narbonne, a real favourite destination for Fine Wine Tours, we head for the covered market "Les Halles" in the centre of town, where we have got to know many of the market stall holders.
After a tour of the market, there is time to have a glass of the local white wine as an aperitif. After lunch take a stroll around this historical town with its unfinished cathedral or look at the via Dominata the original Roman road. Food & wine lovers must visit the Ferme Narbonnaise which is one of the those food shops not to be missed!
The tour provides a unique opportunity to see and taste the best on offer in the Languedoc region, olive groves, wine charcuterie and the local seafood from Port la Nouvelle near Narbonne.
For the final day we are back to the vineyards in the region surrounding Limoux where we will meet James Kingsley at his Domain Begude.
James will show us the vines, the soil they grow in and explain the art of winemaking, a visit to the winery followed by the most important part, the tasting.
After leaving Domain De Begude we head down the hill to Limoux, famous for its excellent sparkling wines, here will enjoy our final lunch together. The afternoon will include some local history and another wine tasting.
The following morning its time to say our goodbyes and transfer you to your next destination point
All the wines tasted on your trip are available for export to your home country, from 6 bottles to many boxes! please arrange this during your tour
* Handicapped people must be able to be able to get in and out of the car with minimal help.
** Price based on 6 People sharing 3 rooms, Price may vary slightly depending on pick up and drop of locations.
Mirepoix Tour Info
Price Low Season: €1797 p.p **
Price High Season: €2017 p.p **
Kid Friendly: No
Disabled Access: Yes *
Activity Level: Low
Group Size: 1 to 6
Tour Runs: All Year
Tour Days : Sun to Thurs
Duration: 5 Nights
5 nights at the Relais Royal Mirepoix, luxury suite with en-suite bathroom & lounge room, use of all hotel facilities. Breakfast for 4 mornings and dinner for two nights in the hotel restaurant. Each Room is large with high ceilings and tastefully decorated with private bathrooms, equipped with Wi-fi and Iphone docking station, Flat screen TV with English channels, complimentary drinks & fruit.
Pick up and drop off at arranged point.
Air conditioned vehicle and all daily excursions.
All Meals and wine are included, 2 of your meals are in Michelin star restaurants
Whats not included
Any personal purchases
Any extra request outside the agreed Menus & Wines supplied at the Restaurants.