There is so much to say about my visit to the Languedoc. To sum it up; I need to go back for at least two weeks! The region is jam packed with not only exceptional wine, but historic towns, antiques, oysters, cheeses – you name it. Many people flock to Provence, which is lovely, but I found the Languedoc to be the same and more. If you are like me and are traveling for the wines then Languedoc is definitely the place to go.
First, let me tell you about where we stayed. After researching multiple sites I settled on Domaine Saint Hilaire, a wine estate & chambres d’Hôtes. (or bed & breakfast) just outside of Montagnac. (about 45 min drive from Montpellier). Aukje the innkeeper made our stay so special. We arrived late at night and she had arranged a “assiette gourmande” for us along with a plentiful supply of their estate wines. Assiette gourmande involves cheeses, bread, charcuterie and after that experience it is now one of my favorite dinners!
The property is very special; winemaking history in this area dates back to Roman times, and the property was once owned by one of Napoleon’s generals, Baron Hilaire Reynaud. The main part of the house dates back to 1780 with a newer addition for the owners. As expected, breakfasts were spectacular served poolside with views of the historic home. The rooms are elegant and have a royal feel to them. The only drawback to this place is it can be tricky to find the first time, but if you have a GPS and a phone you’ll be ok!
There is so much to do in the area. Obviously wine tasting is a popular activity (see my next post). We were really impressed with the village of Pézenas – a historic town full of great antique shops, small boutiques, restaurants. Market day on Saturday was a great experience! Oyster lovers should head to Bouzigues or Meze for lunch. There is a plentiful supply of roman ruins and abbeys as well as olive oil, soap, perfume and honey artisans in the area. We found Aukje at Domaine Saint Hilaire to be a great source of information about what to do in the area. Don’t underestimate how much time you stay in this area. We were there for three days and only scratched the surface. Two more weeks please!
Domaine Saint Hilaire, winery & chambre d’hote