Cooking or wine tasting in Montpellier

The South of France has a great selection of eateries: from traditional bars serving delicious home-cooked food, pavement cafes to expensive restaurants offering gourmet cuisine.

Beef from the Camargue is to die for, and also seafood is a speciality here: mussels and frites, regional oysters and bourride (fish stew) are always popular. Try cassoulet, a delicious stew of white beans, Toulouse sausage and duck confit, or
regional specialities such as chestnut truffle soup and wild pigeon with a maize galette.

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Half of the wine produced in France comes from this region including: excellent full-bodied Côte de Roussillon and the highly-regarded Saint Chinian, along with the lively white wines of Minervois.

We have teamed up with a leading specialist of culinary travel who is recognized and recommended by the Italian, French, and Spain tourist offices and have received awards for their programmes and services.   With as few as two persons, and up to a maximum of between 8 and 12 (depending on the size of the kitchen) what better way to enjoy yourself while your partner is out on the water?  If you fancy a just one or two days before, or after, your sailing course this is also available from our Saint Raphael base.

If you fancy some wine-tasting join us in Languedoc-Roussillon – the Southernmost region of vineyards of mainland France.  The climate is Mediterranean: hot, dry summers, rainy winters and moderate springs and autumns. With an average of 300 sunny days per year, this is a popular holiday destination for both short and longer breaks.  This is one of France’s most diverse wine regions and has been enjoying something of a renaissance over the past decade. Jancis Robinson (a great fan of Languedoc wines) refers to the region as “France’s New World, with some improving appellations.”  Over the years, wine-makers have increasingly concentrated their efforts on producing higher quality and lower yield wine and this has seen a boom in the popularity of the region’s AOPs, earning it a newfound respect amongst wine lovers. The wines that can be purchased here represent excellent value and the increase in quality has in turn made the region more sought-after as a wine tourism destination.  The company we have paired with offers tours focused on Minervois and Corbières.

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Around 94% of the wine produced in the Minervois appellation is red and these wines display intense “garrigue” perfume and concentrated black fruits and often have distinct notes of pepper and spice, conjuring up images of the warm Mediterranean sunshine. Corbières is the fourth largest appellation in the whole of France and boasts dense and herby red and rosé wines. The appellation is so large that many different types of wine can be tasted here due to the incredibly diverse terroir.

Wine tours are available from between 2 and 4 nights and range from the budget, self drive or luxury so contact us for more details.