Nestled in the heart of the Cévennes National Park, classed as a “global biosphere reserve” by UNESCO, the Cévennes Wine Region offers a glimpse into the vines of the future.
Proud of the “Gorgés de nature” (Gorged on Nature) slogan found on its bottles of IGP “Cévennes” wine, the Piémont Cévenol wine region and its valleys offer timeless nature and forbidden grape varieties, such as Clinton, or Noah. They also represent a vine-growing heritage forged by a troubled history, from the Wars of Religion to the Resistance. Visitors can sample this heritage at “Les Vignes Réboussières”, from the Occitan term reboussiero (backwards), a fun-packed event held at a different estate at the end of October each year. A great chance to enjoy sun-kissed, refreshing wines in a perfect autumnal setting.
With a tasting glass and notebook in hand, visitors can explore the wine cellars dotted along an approximately 4km long trail. A vineyard stroll to the sound of music provided by musicians both at the estate and wandering along the trail.
The Cévennes Wine Region can also be visited all year round, with a host of activities each more exciting than the next, starting with a trip on the Cévennes Steam Train. Climb aboard for an unforgettably unique journey through a stunning landscape, perfect for all the family. Fancy a snack? For lunch, enjoy one of the several meal deals accompanied by the appellation’s wines in the restaurant car.
The railway runs past the Bambouseraie near Anduze where, 160 years ago, the passionate horticulturist and natural scientist Eugène Mazel arrived to acclimatize exotic species from all around the world. A relaxing spot that is truly out of this world.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay, then look no further than the charming Auberge Cigaloise, a property that has won many accolades, not least for the quality of its menu and its cellar of local wines. In fine weather, head for the peace and quiet of the shaded terrace beside the swimming pool, set in the beautiful garden of this former 19th century sheep barn.
11 place du 8 mai 1945 - B.P. 122
30010 NIMES Cedex 4
Tel.: +33(0)4 66 36 96 30