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Albi Cathedral – A day trip from O’Vineyards
Albi Cathedral - A day trip from O'Vineyards

This post is about one of the fantastic day trips you can take from our bed & breakfast at O’Vineyards. The B&B is located near Carcassonne, so it will only take about an hour and a half by car to get to Albi and enjoy the amazing Cathedral there. Please upgrade your browser View Larger [...]

Les Ampelofolies – Truffle Festival
Les Ampelofolies - Truffle Festival

Every year, on the Saint Vincent (patron saint of winemakers), there is a truffle market in Moussoulens.  The market is called les ampelofolies and it celebrates the link between wine, truffles, and all sorts of produits du terroir (including berets apparently). Here are some pictures of les Ampelofolies from January 22, 2012. This event takes [...]

Christmas Lunch near Carcassonne
Christmas Lunch near Carcassonne

This Christmas, we left the comfort of O’Vineyards Bed & Breakfast to eat lunch at La Barbacane Restaurant in l’Hotel de la Cité inside the medieval castle of Carcassonne. It’s one of the many Michelin starred restaurants within a twenty minute drive of our quaint country village. Even though Villemoustaussou is just a tiny village [...]

New Years on a Vineyard
New Years on a Vineyard

If you’re still not sure what to do for New Years, think about coming to O’Vineyards in the south of France. We’re a short drive from Toulouse and Montpellier so it could be a perfect weekend getaway. Or folks from the UK and Ireland might hop over to Carcassonne via RyanAir to enjoy a little [...]

Fête des Vendanges – Carcassonne
Fête des Vendanges - Carcassonne

The third Thursday of October kicks off the Fête des Vendanges in Carcassonne.  It’s a large celebration where local winemakers team up with local restaurants and put on a lavish show.  You can wander around the Place Carnot or Place Eggenfelden, enjoy lots of food and wine, and listen to some pretty cool music. O’Vineyards [...]

Carcassonne Market – Place Carnot
Carcassonne Market - Place Carnot

While you’re staying at O’Vineyards B&B, you might enjoy a short drive into Carcassonne to visit the local market in the Place Carnot.  Marketplaces like this one are a large part of French life and it’s always fun to see the big role fresh produce still plays in the lives of many locals. Place Carnot [...]

Carcassonne Cooking Workshop
Carcassonne Cooking Workshop

We just had another fun cooking workshop at Domaine O’Vineyards north of Carcassonne.  Two couples residing in our B&B got to watch my mom cook an entire meal before sitting down to devour it. If you’d like to book a cooking workshop, just give us a call or email. O’Vineyards Cooking Workshops 885 Avenue de [...]

Le Parc Restaurant, Carcassonne
Le Parc Restaurant, Carcassonne

To celebrate the end of harvest, we had the fantastic lunch menu at Franck Putelat’s Le Parc in Carcassonne. The lunch menu is great because it’s really affordable.  34€ gets you a three course gastronomic lunch with a glass of wine.  If you want to experience some of the best cooking in the region without [...]

Toulouse Wine Tasting Weekend
Toulouse Wine Tasting Weekend

Get out of Toulouse for a couple days and enjoy one of the closest winemaking regions.  Driving from the peripherique of Toulouse to Villemoustaussou will take about 1 hour by car.  Once here, you’ll be surrounded by vines and the comforts of country life.  You’ll forget all about Airbus and your job in Toulouse as [...]

One Night, Many Wines – Wine Tasting Weekend
One Night, Many Wines - Wine Tasting Weekend

O’Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is proud to offer a new special called “One Night, Many Wines”.  You can participate in an extravagant tasting of O’Vineyards wines, enjoy a massive dinner, and retire to the peaceful comfort of your room in the middle of the vines. How many wines? MANY wines.  We’ll taste a full vertical [...]

Wine Tasting Weekend
Wine Tasting Weekend

O’Vineyards B&B is the perfect base of operations for a wine tasting weekend in the south of France. At different times of year, we offer a variety of in-house Wine Tasting Weekends where you can spend a couple of days exploring winemaking and wine drinking with the O’Connell family. Alternatively, you can plan day trips [...]

Canal du Midi – Pont du Fresquel
Canal du Midi - Pont du Fresquel

The Canal du Midi, one of the most interesting historical monuments in the entire region passes right through Villemoustaussou.  A few kilometers from the estate, you can park near the Pont du Fresquel canal lock and walk or ride bikes along the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO world heritage site. Advice about Engjoying the Canal [...]

Cooking Workshops at O’Vineyards
Cooking Workshops at O'Vineyards

“The wines were exceptional…Liz O’Connell is also a wonderful cook and at the vineyard they run cooking classes and also tours where the guests are treated to lovely food as well.” –JamieOliver.com, Danny McCubbin – Editor Food and wine at O’Vineyards My mom, Liz O’Connell, is a really great cook!  She’s always provided something to [...]

O’Vineyards Table d’Hote
O'Vineyards Table d'Hote

As seen on Jamie Oliver’s Website “The wines were exceptional…Liz O’Connell is also a wonderful cook and at the vineyard they run cooking classes and also tours where the guests are treated to lovely food as well.” –JamieOliver.com, Danny McCubbin – Editor At O’Vineyards Table d’Hote, you can enjoy O’Vineyards wines the way they were [...]

Franck Putelat’s Le Parc – Carcassonne
Franck Putelat's Le Parc - Carcassonne

Le Parc is a must-see for foodies visiting Carcassonne. Franck Putelat, who used to be the chef at La Barbacane opened his own restaurant just outside the medieval castle where he has perfected his focus on nouvelle cuisine. Le Parc Chemin des Anglais 11000 Carcassonne 33 (0)4 68 71 80 80 Open Tuesday-Saturday closed from [...]

Jardin de L’ Evêque – Restaurant in Carcassonne
Jardin de L' Evêque - Restaurant in Carcassonne

There are dozens of places to eat within the ramparts of the medieval Cité de Carcassonne. When the weather’s nice, try to find a place to eat outside. Several restaurants have an exterior sitting area. Le Jardin de l’Eveque carries O’Vineyards wine and has a whole menu designed to be eaten outdoors in the shade [...]

La Barbacane – Hotel de la Cité
La Barbacane - Hotel de la Cité

There are lots of wonderful places to eat in the Carcassonne area.  But very few restaurants can compete with the cachet of eating in La Barbacane, a gastronomic restaurant decorated in the rich, neo-gothic style that defines the medieval castle of Carcassonne. La Barbacane Place Auguste-Pierre Pont 11000 Carcassonne +33 4 68 71 98 71 [...]


Carcassonne is a great place to get amazing food because we’re smack in the middle of so many different geographical regions.  You have foie gras and magret de canard from the southwest.  You find great agricultural produce as you move north and west along the Canal du Midi to Toulouse.  There are cheeses to the [...]

Picnic near Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine
Picnic near Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine

Some of our guests visited the Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, an amazing geological formation north of Carcassonne and O’Vineyards. They planned a lovely picnic in the mountains near Cabrespine. These winding mountain roads that lead to Cabrespine often have beautiful little rest areas and trails alongside them. If you bring a picnic basket, you’re bound [...]

Picnic in Castle Ruins near Carcassonne
Picnic in Castle Ruins near Carcassonne

A few nights ago, I visited the castle ruins of the Chateaux de Lastours with a picnic basket and some guests. I’m a big fan of picnics.  They’re a fantastic way to enjoy the natural surroundings and historic sites of the region around O’Vineyards.  Plus, if you ever have one of the really big meals [...]

Carcassonne Room Photos
Carcassonne Room Photos

One of our visitors had a really nice camera so I borrowed it to take some photos of the Carcassonne Room. It’s hard to convey how big and comfy this room really is.  And it’s tough to show the Merlot vines outside without messing up the lighting indoors.  I hope these pictures make you want [...]

Syrah Room Photos from F.J.
Syrah Room Photos from F.J.

We love it when our guests take photos of their room or the vineyard.  An English couple who stayed in the Syrah room took these photos in July.  Candid photos show you exactly what the rooms look like when you get here, so you’ll have no bad surprises! This kind of reminds me of Room [...]

O’Vineyards B&B near Carcassonne
O'Vineyards B&B near Carcassonne

I’m Ryan O’Connell, a winemaker in the south of France.  My parents and I launched a bed & breakfast in the middle of our vines. At first, I just built the B&B into the vineyard/winery blog that I already run for O’Vineyards.  But it turns out that presenting a vineyard and presenting a B&B have [...]