Cité de Carcassonne L'Histoire pour Terroir
The ramparts offer sweeping views of the vineyards which peacefully surround the mediaeval walled city of Carcassonne. The vineyards are bordered in the West by the Malepère area, in the South by the foothills of the Pyrenees, and in the East by the Minervois and the Corbières. How many areas can boast two Unesco heritage sites within their boundaries! Here, there is the walled city of Carcassonne, from which the wine region takes its name, as well as the Canal du Midi, which wends its way past the city. Yet, both were almost lost forever. People had begun dismantling the ramparts when Prosper Mérimée fell in love with the mediaeval fortifications and tasked Eugène Viollet-le-Duc with restoring them. As for the Canal, town councillors in Carcassonne were unwilling to loosen the purse strings to pay for the canal to run past the city and the present-day route dates from 1810. This, now world-famous site, was a natural choice for wine growers to name their area. Although their wines bear the archetypal body and structure typical of Mediterranean offerings, they also display a freshness and elegance that is characteristic of their Atlantic influence. Their sales have not only benefited from the growth in tourism, but also from a series of major events occurring during the summer in one of France’s most visited towns.
36 500 hl
6 Co-operative wineries
25 Independent wineries