Haute Vallée de l'Aude High altitude wines
20, avenue Pont de France - 11300 Limoux
04 68 31 12 83
From the outskirts of Carcassonne to the mouth of the Ardèche gorges is a natural amphitheatre backing on to Ariège and surrounding Limoux. In climatic terms, it is on the dividing line between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The PGI’s name comes from the river Aude which rises in the Pyrenees mountains and cuts through the vineyards. Its gushing waters provide excitement for lovers of canoeing and rafting. This is abbey country and they host high quality classical music concerts throughout the summer. The production area forms an extensive amphitheatre around Limoux, along the valley. Nestled amongst the foothills of the Pyrenees in the South, it is enclosed in the West by Mounts Chalabre and Razès, by the Corbières in the East and it partly opens up in the Carcassonne region to the North. It is subject to the Mediterranean climate as well as oceanic influences that are at least as strong, which is unusual for Languedoc. There is also the elevation factor, as the vineyards are planted on relatively high ground, requiring a particular choice of grape varieties with a short growing season that are suited to late Springs and cool Autumns. In white wines, which account for 60% of production, this environment promotes levels of aromatic expression, freshness and balance that are unrivalled in the Mediterranean region.
7 400 hl
2 Co-operative wineries
16 Independent wineries