Picnic with a winemaker

This post is about an event held by the Independent Winemakers of Aude (Vignerons Independents de l’Aude) that organizes dozens of picnics around the departement of Aude.   The picnics all take place on June 12 and 13, 2011.  For information about visiting O’Vineyards and eating with us, please see our vineyard visitors page

vineyard picnic flier

Picnic with a winemaker

Basically, 29 or so wineries have signed up to host picnics in their vines. This is a great opportunity for people to visit vineyards throughout Aude.  O’Vineyards isn’t participating in this event, but I will certainly attend another winery’s picnic.  And I might be organizing a similar idea for our new vineyard owners from Naked Wines.

Map of villages with picnic locations

Because the list of winemakers is a little intimidating and contains lots of tiny villages you’ve never heard of, I made a map of all the villages that hava a participating winemaker.  Look at the map to find the picnics nearest to you.  And then consult the full list below to find out which winery is hosting the picnic.


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List of winemakers and villages

  • Château l’Amiral à Aigues Vives
  • Domaine des Cavalières à Argens Minervois Monday only
  • Domaine les Maels à Argens Minervois Monday only
  • Domaine le Par à Argens Minervois Monday only
  • Domaine le Colombies à Herminis
  • Plo Roucarel à Couffoulens Sunday only
  • Domaine du GrandArc à Cucugnan
  • Domaine des Souleilles à Donazac Monday only
  • Château des Fénals à Fitou Monday only
  • Domaine Moucheyre à Fitou
  • Le Courtal de Vidal à Fitou
  • Domaine de la Rochelierre à Fitou Monday only
  • Domaine de Mingraut à Fontcouverte
  • Domaine de la Grange à La Palme Monday only
  • Domaine Vignalet à Laure Minervois
  • Château de BelleIsle à LézignanCorbières
  • Château Grand Moulin à LézignanCorbières
  • Domaine de la Lause à Monze Monday only
  • Domaine Lalaurie à Ouveillan Monday only
  • Domaine la Salynette à Paraza Sunday only
  • Domaine du Viala à Paraza
  • Domaine BertrandBerge à Paziols Sunday only
  • Château FabreCordon à Peyrac de Mer Monday only
  • Château Lalis à Ribaute Sunday only
  • Domaine des Homs à RieuxMinervois
  • Château du Tourril à Roubia Sunday only
  • Château Canet à Rustiques
  • Domaine de Rolland à Tuchan
  • Domaine les Maillols à Villegly

Oh wow, I forgot how much I love maps.

I’ve been playing around in Google Maps and it’s really fun.  Some of you might know that I’m working on a book about the AOC Cabardes and the wines north of Carcassonne.  And so I’ve built a big directory and I’m defining certain climactic zones.  Blah blah blah.  But I took a few hours here and there to plot it down onto a 3D terrain map in Google Earth.  And it’s gorgeous.

google earth screenshot cabardes wine map

I’m not sure if I’m even allowed to use Google Earth maps in my work.  I’ll have to scour Google Permissions later.  But what I can do is share the work so far.

To view in Google Earth, you have to download Google Earth and then use it to open Cabardes.kml

To view the less awesometastic version, just look at my customized google map of the Cabardes.  You won’t need to download anything.  It’s set so you can make modifications, but don’t do anything cheeky.

Making wine maps is pretty sweet.  If you have any ideas on how to format it or what I should add or anything else, feel free to speak up.  Oh, I took out three of the cooperatives because they produce very little Cabardes and are on the outside of the AOC zone.  If you know the location of the vines that contribute to the Cabardes of those cooperatives, please let me know and I will gladly add the vines to the map.

If you’re wondering what the big splashes of color represent, those are different zones within the Cabardes.  An explanation of this map or one like it will be included in the upcoming ebook Introduction to Cabardès along with a directory of these producers and an introduction to the region’s wine and history.

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards, located in the North Arrondissement of Carcassonne, is just minutes from the Carcassonne train station, the Medieval City, and the Carcassonne Airport.
GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

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North Arrondissement of Carcassonne
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Best by GPS.
    Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou using the D118. At the end of the last straight part of D118, you will come to a roundabout with the Dyneff gas station.
  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 curves up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire on the left.
  4. At the last juction, bear left. 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.