Languedoc-Roussillon

Think of France’s south coast and your mind will likely fill with images of the Côte d’Azur: of bronzed millionaires strutting along the manicured beaches of Monaco, Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Nice; of lines upon lines of poorly parked super cars. But such opulent sights are only part of the story.

Just to the west, the dual region of Languedoc-Roussillon possesses a more rustic, nay ramshackle charm. Here you’ll find a landscape ranging from rugged mountains to vine-covered hills and plains, a vast coast pocketed by beautiful lagoons, and cultural attractions like thriving Montpellier and the old Roman city of Nîmes.

A tale of two regions – Languedoc and Roussillon

As you can probably guess from its double-barrelled name, Languedoc-Roussillon is actually formed from two distinct regions.

Languedoc, the more French of the two, is home to the vibrant, slightly Barcelona-esque capital of Montpellier, with its stately boulevards, leafy squares, and shady backstreets. Wander along the tree-lined Place Royale du Peyrou to watch the locals engage in their games of pétanque.

Elsewhere in Languedoc the sun-baked city of Nîmes is home to some of southern France’s best-preserved Roman buildings, including a 2000-year-old temple and a magnificent amphitheatre, where you can still see bullfights and gladiator battles to this day. Just to the north east of the city meanwhile, you’ll find Le Pont du Gard, an impressive Roman aqueduct.

Further west you can visit the fortified city of Carcassone. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, perched on a rocky hilltop like something from a children’s fairy-tale, is one of Languedoc’s biggest tourist attractions.

Balancing Languedoc’s quintessential Frenchness, the region of Roussillon boasts strong Catalan influences thanks to it proximity to the Spanish border.

Here you’re likely to hear the locals speaking Catalan while you explore places like Collioure, which was pretty enough to draw the eyes of Picasso and Matisse, and Pic de Canigou, symbol of Catalan identity and the highest summit in the eastern Pyrenees.

Wine in Languedoc-Roussillon

With over 3700 wine makers across the region, many of them small independent producers, there’s a huge amount of variety to be found.

Languedoc-Roussillon is best known for its reds, with most made using Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre grapes. But that’s not to say there are no whites to enjoy. In fact, in terms of variety if not quantity, the whites leave the red for dust!

And let’s not forget some of the region’s more outré wines, like Banyuls sweet reds, the creamy sparkling Blanquette de Limoux from Mauzac, and the delicious rosés of Côtes du Roussillon.

Let us create your perfect trip to Languedoc-Roussillon

Domaine de Verchant

Description Domaine de Verchant is a luxurious hotel and spa housed in a former mansion….

France, Languedoc

Languedoc-Roussillon wine trips

“Thanks for taking the time and trouble to call. You really have set the standard by which we compare all other companies!! Thank you so much for organising a fantastic itinerary with such an interesting and varied range of stop-overs. We are already starting to think about next year’s trip to France so would welcome any suggestions.”

Hilary Alder

Start Planning Your Holiday

Speak to our experienced travel consultants.

020 8877 4940    Enquire online

Book with confidence, we are fully ATOL & ABTA bonded.

Inspiration

Luxury Wine Tour

What does the ‘luxury’ mean in ‘luxury wine tour’? It means the smoothest experience possible; first class travel...

Read more

Recent Google Reviews

Smooth Red did a super job of organizing our 11 day tour of French wine regions. Although the tour was originally designed as self-drive they were able to meet our needs by arranging for travel by train. All of the arrangements worked, and the hotels and wine tours were first…

Jeff Goldstein

Very enjoyable. All three Chateaus were very different adding to the experience. Saint Emillion is beautiful. Our group of 8 was just right size for personal fell yet fellowship. Only did a one day, but certainly if the Chateau quality is indicative will consider Smooth Red for longer tours. Very…

Ken Jeske

SmoothRed organised an amazing holiday for my Mum and I- we went to Bordeaux for three nights and stayed in a wonderful hotel. We had the perfect mixture of trips and free time and the visits to the Chateaus were wonderful. From start to finish, my experience of booking the…

Chloe Vallis

We had a fantastic weekend in the Rioja region with Smooth Red; the Bodegas, hotel and mostly the tour guide were all fantastic. Everything was organised really well and we are already considering our next trip with Smooth Red which is a real compliment from us. Thank you

Samantha Collins

This was a wonderful and memorable experience. Smooth red were attentive in the planning and a pleasure to work with as we expressed our requirements. i look forward to using their services again.

Rich Wilson

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to our newsletter to receive inspiring travel ideas and offers.
We won't share your email address with anyone.

Contact our team

Start creating your tailor made wine-tasting tour today.
Call our team on +44 (0)20 8877 4940

Or enquire online