The Languedoc area of France is nature at its best offering a diverse and incomparable variety of scenry from the flat salt marches of the Camargue in the east to the snow capped Pyrenees in the south.
In between discover the wild and barren Causses-Cevenne with its neolithic rock formations alternatively the sunny Mediterranean coast is less than 30 minutes drive. Which ever direction you travel it will take you past the highly scented garrigue and sun-soaked vineyards, with the countryside dotted with fascinating towns and villages to discover.
A land of many influences and a fascinating past, Languedoc-Roussillon has a superb architectural heritage covering over 2000 years of history. The soil is rich and the culture a blend of many civilisations.
The whole region is dominated by vineyards, known as the largest vineyard in the world, life for many in the Languedoc revolves around the production of wine. In recent years the old vines used for the ‘cheap and cheerful plonk’ or also known as ‘vin de table’ have all been pulled up and replaced with much higher quality, low yield vines. Producers once happy to send their grapes to the cave co-operative are now producing ‘estate bottled’ wines of great quality but still very reasonably priced. A drive around the countryside will unearth dozens upon dozens of small independent wineries open for ‘degusastion’.