Books

view of the medieval cite de carcassonne from O'Vineyards in Villemoustaussou

View of the Cité from my Merlot at O'Vineyards, photo by Noraa

“The small, pretty and distinctive wine region…Cabardès just north of Carcassonne”

–Jancis Robinson, Vintner turns e-Author

“Really impressive.”

–Jamie Goode

What is the book about?

O’Vineyards is located in the Cabardès region of France, minutes north of the historic medieval Cité de Carcassonne.

wines of carcassonne book coverI’ve written this short ebook (24 pages) explaining what makes the Cabardes unique and fun.

The book includes a map of the Cabardes, a description of the appellation and our unique blend, an index of all the independent wineries in the appellation, a brief look at our geology and climate (terroir), and my personal philosophy concerning the region.

Thank you so much for taking the time to get interested about the Cabardes and the wines of Carcassonne.

Where can I find it?

Pretty soon, the book should be available in paperback or digital format from Amazon… but for the moment you can win an advance copy through my win the Wines of Carcassonne book contest.

Who wrote this thing?

That would be me.  Ryan O’Connell, young winemaker at O’Vineyards.  I’ve compiled this information that I think helps communicate the real nature of the Cabardes.

Why did you write this book?

I want to share the identity of my appellation and the wines of Carcassonne.  It’s a really beautiful place, but it’s too small to be handled properly in reference materials with a larger scope.  Since I’m out here in the fields, my scope is perfect for a very personal look at a misunderstood appellation.  I hope you enjoy my point of view!

Can I see some sample pages?

Yes you may.

preview page from wines of carcassonnepreview page from wines of carcassonne

Who likes this book?

Casual travelers who know nothing about wine can still enjoy this book, my musings, and all the pretty photos.

Wine experts can enjoy this book too because it’s peppered with cool information that tends to be of interest to wine pros.

Jancis Robinson, editor of the Oxford Companion to Wine and one of the world’s foremost wine personalities, wrote a full article on the Wines of Carcassonne where she lauds my efforts.

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards is just a few kilometres north of Carcassonne. GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

Domaine O’Vineyards
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou until the D118 (the last straight road) and the Dyneff gas station on the roundabout.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which goes up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire.
  4. At the last juction, bear left at the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.