This was without doubt one of the best experiences we’ve had on our honeymoon in France. Joe and Liz, the owners of O’Vineyards, are a fabulously welcoming, friendly, fun couple who made us feel completely at home the moment we arrived for our visit to their winery to be followed by lunch.
We had biked up from Carcassonne (about 35 mins if you take the D118 route) and arrived somewhat hot and bedraggled. Joe immediately offered us a large glass of ice cold water, swiftly followed by a glass of delicious white wine, as we cooled down in the surroundings of their beautiful home.
Joe then took us outside, where we enjoyed 360 degree views of the beautiful countryside and rolling vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. He explained about the different grapes they grew, and the different cultivating and cropping techniques they used to get the best crop out of each type of grape.
We went then went into the sorting and fermentation room. Joe talked us through the entire process, from harvesting to sorting, fermenting, distilling, mixing and barrelling. We tasted generously sized samples of their reds straight from the tanks and barrels. (Joe later quipped that he couldn’t understand why French domains normally serve such small sample sizes – the one thing that they have in abundance as wineries is wine!)
This was then followed by a delicious lunch cooked by Liz, where the conversation and wine never stopped flowing. To start, we had a fresh salad with slightly curried eggs, local red spiced lamb sausages and home made pates. For the main we had perfectly cooked crispy whole legs of duck with artichokes and courgettes picked less than one hour ago from their garden, with the tastiest fried rice I’ve ever had (no grease, but packed with flavour) and a duck sauce with fresh herbs from the garden. We then had some excellent cheeses (including a brie that Liz had added walnuts to – yum) followed by chocolate brownies and vanilla ice cream.
Throughout the whole meal our glasses never went empty. We had a glass for both red and white, and we continued to try different wines throughout lunch. Our favourite was their Proprietors Reserve 2005, of which we bought 2 bottles.
Throughout lunch Joe and Liz kept calling their gardener, Michael, over for glasses of wine and to sample all the dishes – this seems absolutely in keeping with their characters, which are welcoming, inclusive, fun and caring. It was just like being with friends and family.
We had such a great time that we’ve booked to come back for their B&B getaway weekend – 2 night with meals and wine. We absolutely can’t wait to return.
Joe and Liz, thank you for such an amazing experience (especially when it was supposed to be your day off!) and pass on our thanks to Michael for making the garden look so lovely and produce all those yummy vegetables and herbs.
Can’t wait to see you again soon! Helen and Aaron xx
Edith Jacob (Canada) celebrated her birthday with friends Jean-Pierre Gelard et Cathou Camara (France). They shared the table with a group of ladies from Ireland celebrating Marianne Bolger’s birthday!
Mike & Penny Peckpt loved the O’ Fine Wines!
Joseph & Maryann Pace from Malta and many visitors from UK
Honeymoon, Anniversary, Birthdays and Family reunions!
A great Celebration week at O’Vineyards
Happy St Patrick’s Day to you all! How do you like our O’Chasan dressed in green and ready to go!
At O’Vineyards, St Patrick’s day will be celebrated ALL WEEK! ….. Good excuse to have more green … or white … O’Chasan! Cheers!
Restful Ambience at O’Vineyards
A beautiful sunrise! The almond trees in bloom! Joe and I were happy to welcome Kristen & Russ Moorhead znd their colleagues and friends!
Your Personalized label on 36 bottles of O’Vineyards Fine Wines.
- 12 bottles of O’Vineyards older vintages available immediately for your Holidays
Your Personalized label included
1 Trah Lah Lah 2006
1 Trah Lah Lah 2007
1 O’Syrah 2006
1 O’Syrah 2007
6 OMG 2011
1 O’Muse 2012
1 O’Chasan 2012
- 24 bottles of O’Vineyards 2013 wines available for collection June 2014
Your Personalized label included
6 Trah Lah Lah 2013
3 O’Syrah 2013
6 O’Muse 2013
6 O’MG 2013
3 O’Chasan 2013
You pay €360.00
Get a free winery visit & wine tasting for two when you collect your wine,
or ask us for the shipping price .
Sale ends December 10th 2013
This is a strange year with NO Spring. One day in June…. we just switched the heater to the Air Conditioner… and it looks like we will not have an Autumn!!!!
Anyway, while Joe is harvesting and making the 2013 wines, I want to get into the Holiday spirit and offer our Clients a Special on O’Vineyards Fine Wines!
Enjoy our older vintages dating back to 2005 at today’s prices!
BUY NOW. Get 30% DISCOUNT
…. and get more discount on our Gift Card!
in the middle of the vines!
Enjoy our outdoor lunches
and party with us
Special 4th of July
14th of July celebration with views on the Cité of Carcassonne fireworks!
Two years in the row:
Thanks to all our Visitors and their wonderful reviews, O’Vineyards was awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence, repeating our last year ‘s performence!
This prestigious award, places us in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor.