In addition to a luxury barge cruise, the Athos itinerary plans at least one wine-tasting in the Languedoc area during a cruise week. As the same tastings are new to passengers each week, we’ve often done the same wineries week after week. Having said that, over the years we’ve found Languedoc wine tastings and visits so plentiful, varied, and educational that it’s well worth breaking routine and going somewhere new.
Some of the Athos’ recommended Languedoc wine visits:
- Domaine de Guery – friends of the family, a charming visit of an 18thC winery and traditional equipment still in use
- Domaine Pain de Sucre – new to Athos, thorough and a very pleasant setting
- Mas Daumas Gassac – a bit of a drive from the Canal du Midi area, but well-acclaimed internationally and worth the extra time spent on the road
- Borie du Maurel – a stunning corner of the Minervois and scrummy wines to boot, glamorous tasting Cave.
- Domaine la Colombette – just outside Beziers, dangerously quaffable Sauvignon Blanc
- Les Trois Blasons – an upmarket Cave Co-op close to the town of Minerve
- Chateau la Vernede – fabulous historical Chateau setting, huge cave & selection of wines
- Chateau Perdiguier –thorough estate visit and tasting
- Chateau Ventenac – Cave co-op virtually on the Canal du Midi quai
- Domaine Saint Brhune – in Athos’ home village of Argeliers, fruity summer-time rose & smooth, rounded reds.
- Chateau de Brau – close to Carcassonne, offers a selection of organic wines