A former settlement founded by the Romans in 1495, the Château Laquirou is in a shell-shaped valley. In 1993 it was taken over by Erika and Eckard Hug-Harke, whose family own several famous music establishments in Switzerland and Germany. Apart from a guided visit of the cellar, the owners also take tourists through the French-style gardens, the first of which is based on the different Mediterranean grape varieties and the second on scents.
At the Château de Vires, with its seventy-two hectares of vines, you can discover the well-preserved Roman remains around a tasting of the estate’s wines. You can see parts of an open-air aqueduct, which is one hundred and fifty meters long, a Roman watchtower and the traces of a wall, which bear witness to an Iberian-Celtic population.
In the La Clape massif, the Abbaye des Monges houses one of the rare Cistercian women’s’ priories, which is still standing and in good condition. Since 1997, the estate has belonged to Baron Paul de Chefdebien, who is developing a good range of AOC La Clape wines.
Every Thursday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm between the end of June and beginning of September, Bruno Pellegrini, the owner, takes you on a discovery of the vineyard and terrroir of La Clape, passing through the vines, the wine-making cellars and ending in the magnificent tasting room, so you can taste the wines and sample the local produce. Bilingual visit in French/German. English on request.
The estate offers various wine-tourism events for a minimum of four people.
For the Remus tour, you can visit the cellar, barrel rooms and taste some of the estate’s wines (length of visit: 1 hour, price: 8€ per person).
The Romulus tour allows you to taste all the estate’s wines (length of visit: 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours, price: 12€ per person). If you want to extend your visit, opt for the Julius tour and discover the vineyard (length of visit: 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours, price: 20€ per person).
Every Thursday from July to the end of August, between 6pm and 8pm, the team at Château Capitoul organizes “Wine & Sens” in the estate’s amazing cellar. To delight your taste buds, the Château’s wines are paired with different dishes.
You can also take a guided tour of the estate, with commentary in French, English, German or Spanish.
Price: 8€ to 30€ per person, depending on the chosen formula, for 4 to 20 people. Wine & Sens: 5€ per person.