The south of France has long been a destination for northern Europeans looking for the sun. However more and more people are coming here looking for wine, food and the oppurtunity to explore the diverse coutryside. Here are five reasons why you should come to Faugères!

1. Cycling in Faugères

I’ll start this list with some sport and get lazier as the list goes onwards and downwards. Our Aussie mates Steve and Julia have set up a great Cycling holiday service in the Languedoc. They offer guided multiday tours in Faugères and other fantastic areas in the south of France. Check out the link to the tours they are operating this year. VéloRoo Bike Tours

2. Amazing accomodation

There are a thousand places to stay in the Languedoc but if you want to stay in Faugères you can’t go past our friends at Le Saint André in Autignac. Darren and Emma also do Cycling tours and can provide you with a great list of places to visit in the local area.

3. Best Wine Fetes in the Languedoc – Fête vigneronne Grand St Jean 2014

Every July the little village of Faugères explodes with vignerons, food stalls and throngs of eager wine tasters. Always a great day out. Sunday, July 13 starting 10.00am

4.  Over 50 independant wine producers

Once the centre of bulk wines and a Cognac like spirit called Fine de Faugères now this 30 year old appellation has exploded. Some of the finest wines in the Languedoc are made in this tiny area covering just 2000 Ha. Here are some of my facvourites.

Domaine des Trinités 6 chemin de l’Aire : 34320 : Roquessels: Tél : 04.67.90.23.25 simon@trinites.com 

Simon and Monica Coulshaw were our first contact in Faugères. They started just two years before we did and produce a great range of wines. Look out for their 2013 L’imaginaire Roussanne, a fantastic fruity little white and perfect for summer. Simon is very passionate about all his red wines but none more so than his biodynamic cuvee 42, a wine for real wine freaks. Rendezvous via appointment.

Domaine de Cébène Route de Caussiniojouls, (D 154), 34600 Faugères www.go.to.cebene.fr+ 33 (0) 6 74 96 42 67  bchevalier@wanadoo.fr  

Brigitte Chevallier is another relative new comer to Faugères. She has made quite a name for herself producing some stunning red wines. She has also just built herself a new Cave just outside the village of Faugères on the road to Caussiniojouls. She produces four reds including the ‘Felgaria’ a Mourvedre dominant cracker of a wine. (chosen as one of the 12 “Best of the South” vineyards by Andrew Jefford. I also love her ‘Belle Lurette’ which is predominately Carignan from very old vines in Faugères. Tasting and visit : 5 € / person

Domaine de L’ancienne Mercerie 6 rue Egalité – 34480 AUTIGNAC Tél et Fax : + 33 (0)4 67 90 27 02 Email : ancienne.mercerie@free.fr

Nathalie and François Caumette started their domaine in 2000 having come from a family of vignerons. They are some of the nicest people that we have met in the Faugères appellation and make stunning rich and powerful wines. My favourite wine is their Couture rouge. This highly acclaimed wine is packed full of juicy black fruits and is one of Faugères benchmark wines. Rendezvous by appointment.

Domaine Cottebrune Route de la Chauviere (D154), 34480 La Liquière Tél 0675874398

This young domaine was established by Pierre GAILLARD of Côte Rôtie fame. Pierrre recognised the potential of this appellation and has now established a domaine of 10Ha of some of the most stunning vineyards in Faugères. The day to day running of the estate is by our mate, Maxime, who would love to show you the range of wines. Look out for the ‘2011 Transhumance’ and the intensely concentrated ‘2011 Parole de Berger’. Rendezvous by appointment.

 5. Sizzling Sarabande Sundays

Our humble wee Domaine started in Faugères in 2009. This year we celebrate our five year anniversary. We are celebrating with many events over summer including Fish’n’Chip nights and our infamous Sizzling Sarabande Sundays! Every Sunday over July and August. Drop us an email or call if you would like to come along and try some of our wines.

Domaine la Sarabande 14 Ancienne Route Nationale, 34480 Laurens Tél 0963682268 info@sarabande-wines.com