The Minervois landscapes
The Minervois region is a vast amphitheatre circumscribed by the Canal du Midi to the south, and the Montagne Noire which stretches out from the heights of Narbonne to the gates of Carcassonne to the north. The gorges and natural bridges are part of the highly original features of the Minervois region.
Since time immemorial, man has shaped these landscapes, building dolmens, capitelles, dry-stone walls, chapels lost in the middle of the vineyards, wine-grower’s houses and châteaux pinardiers (‘wine-grower’s castles’), stately edifices that remind us of the glory days of the region’s wine-growing industry.
Partly shaped by human activity, fighting over it against the garrigue and the rocks, here is a land devoted with both its soil and its soul to the vineyard. Just listen to the appealing names of the different grape varieties: syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, cinsault, etc. All of these help make those rich and generous wines. Then there’s a real patchwork of terroirs, the Côtes Noires, the Serres, the Balcons de l’Aude, the Argent Double, the Causse and the Mourels all add their personal sun-drenched touch and taste to the wines.
The best way to immerse yourself in the many facets of the Minervois is to walk its many hiking paths: between the vineyard plains and the solitary hills, the lakes and lagoons like the Lac des Aiguilles near Argens-Minervois. On the hillocks and slopes, you will discover the typically Mediterranean vegetation: olive plantation in Roubia, pine trees and holm oaks, garrigues of the Les Bosquets hike in Castelnau d’Aude and don’t forget to taste the sweet nectar of the fruit trees of Tourouzelle.