Located in the heart of harsh and harsh Corbières, Lagrasse rests in an amphitheater where runs the Orbieu, river whose clear waters further enhance the mineral beauty of the site. This medieval city was the cultural capital of the Corbières. Famous for its abbey, the largest in the Aude and its village, ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, it now has nearly 600 inhabitants.
The infrastructure built, the services, the various tradesmen and craftsmen as well as the rich associative fabric of our community contribute to this framework of so precious life. Welcome to this site, which is yours, where you will find all the practical information to simplify your daily life and inform you of the cultural events that animate our village.
Founded by Charlemagne, the powerful Benedictine abbey of Lagrasse saw the development of a flourishing city on the opposite bank of the Orbieu. From the prosperity of the abbey was born the village. Famous for its cloth making business, this commercial city, largely turned towards handicrafts, hosted in the Middle Ages the largest market of the Basses Corbières.
You have very little time, but that does not mean that you do not have to do anything. We propose you an excursion of 4h. A driver-guide will pick you up to make you visit our beautiful region: Visit villages, all more beautiful than each other Wine tasting, vinegar, olive oil, and other regional products Castle visit, Abbey
Welcome to the Domaine MONASTREL in the Minervois. Brigitte and Vincent, our vine growers and oenologists, will present the Minervois to you, to understand its terroir, its soil, its climate and its grape. They will have prepared meticulously your equipment, so that you can experience a day in the life of a vine grower. As a real grape-picker, with your pair of secateurs, you will be guided by Vincent to harvest the grapes in the proper way. Technical information will be given to you and you will harvest the grapes and put them in crates, put them on a trailer for winemaking. Towards the winemaking cellar Work isn’t finished! Return to the coolness of the cellar. You must empty the crates in the stemmer to get rid of the stalk. Details about the transit of the grape and its winemaking. With the oenologist of the Domaine, you will see and understand what happens when the wine is in the wine vat Tasting the juice of the harvested grape and/or juice in fermentation. People of the Domaine will welcome you to a meal: Apéritif 2 glasses of wine during the meal Starter Main dish Dessert Brigitte and Vincent will offer you a bottle of wine. After a busy day, it is time to leave with happy memories.
DAY 1 Arrival and installation in your bed and breakfast. Diner in a restaurant: aperitif, starter, main course, dessert with 2 glasses of wine. Return to your bed and breakfast for the night. DAY 2 After breakfast departure to the Corbières. Stop in a vineyard for wine tasting and visit of the cave. Departure to Narbonne, the old Romaine city, whit the Via Domitia as most important witness.Walk through town to discover the cathedral of St Just and St Pasteur and the Halls, beating heart of the town, along the canal. Departure to Peyriac-de-Mer to have lunch in a restaurant. To Gruissan, passing by the charming village of Bages.Discovery of the soils of l’île Saint-Martin.Return to Lézignan. Wine tasting of a selection of 6 wines.Dinner in a restaurant and return to your bed and breakfast for the night. DAY 3 After breakfast departure to the Corbières. Stop in a vineyard, wine tasting and visit of the cave. Discovery of a chai in Talairan with wine tasting. Departure to Lagrasse, discovery of the village and his abbey by foot. Lunch in a restaurant and visit of the museum 1900. Return to the vineyards of Chateau Vaugelas on the feet of the Alaric, planted there by the Benedictines in the 16th century.
Discover the exceptional history of the site of Lastours during a commented visit of the 4 castles: Cabaret, Tour Régine, Surdespine and Querthineux The 4 castles are spread over a rocky spur and looking out over the village isolated by the deep valleys of the Orbeil and Grésilhou rivers. It is a very exceptional place, not to be missed. You will jump again in the time of the Middle-Ages with the history of the Lords of Cabararet during the Albigensian Crusade. Montségur: it is famous for its fortification, the Château de Montségur , that was built in 1206 on the pog on the ruins of one of the last Cathar strongholds. It was a unique hiding place for the Cathars who have been persecuted for many years by the army of the Pope in the Midi region. The present fortress on the site, though described as one of the "Cathar Castles" is from a later period. It has been listed as a historic site by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862.
If you are a lover of refined wines, you will appreciate this initiation in an exceptional vineyard. You will be able to discover the world of wine in a way you never had imagined. You will be warmly welcomed in very beautiful chais and you will live an experience in the heart of the Aude region. This small initiation will allow you to familiarize with the techniques and the vocabulary used by the professionals. All your questions will be welcome. At the end of this visit you will be able to choose a wine to serve with your meals and to impress your friends with your knowledge.