Winegrowing in the Clermontais

The vines, like the olives, are to be found everywhere in the Clermontais. The winegrowers started creating a landscape of land parcels since many years now. There is no road without a vine landscape.

Here and there are terraces on slopes with stone walls, bits of land next to a mazet or a small house. They are still used for storing small tools and spending time with the family.

The villages have a very particular architecture, often with small houses built one next to the other with a carriage entrance that opens onto the road where a tractor or wooden containers for harvesting grapes were stored. And also wine fermentation tanks. Some grand houses owned by wine traders are witness to a growing prosperity in the 19th century.

In the countryside, some of the bigger winegrowing domains were also referred to as ‘follies’ as the vineyard surrounding got bigger and bigger.

Vines on the slopes of lake Salagou

The Clermontais is fiercely proud of these memories. Here the vineyard is an important part of everyone’s life. In the past, the vine was cultivated mostly for the family, and then because of increasing demand the winegrowers started to produce more, sometimes grouping together in cooperatives.

For many long decades Languedoc wine did not always have a good reputation until the new generation of winegrowers started working the vines again to make good wine! They now have widespread recognition! Don’t hesitate to push open the doors of the caves to discover excellent vintages! Winegrowers are happy to describe with passion their work.

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