O’Vineyards is located on the highest part of Villemoustaussou and the Syrah vines are actually on the Plateau de la Bade which reaches 200 meters above sea level. While staying at O’Vineyards, you’ll have the opportunity to walk along the various trails on the Plateau de la Bade.
It’s more than just a pretty walk. You’ll get first hand experience with the Languedoc’s famous garrigue, the thick underbrush that characterizes the region. There are fields of lavendar, rosemary, thyme, and other hardy plants that have adapted to the hot sun and dry summers of the Mediterranean Basin.
There are also a lot of fig trees, almond trees, blackberry vines, wild onion, fennel, and much much more.
The French say you don’t just see the garrigue, you smell it. If you move off the trails, every step will unlock all the smells of the herbs you’re moving through. On the Plateau, I encourage you to smell every plant. You can find different varieties of each herb. The same way that Syrah and Merlot are totally different, you can find some thyme that smells like citrus and other thyme that smells mentholated!
From the top of the Plateau, there are beautiful stone ruins and views on the villages around the Plateau. In particular, the view of Villegailhenc is breathtaking.
I hope you’ll take some time to walk around the Plateau de la Bade while you stay at O’Vineyards B&B Carcassonne. And send me your pictures to include on the website!