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On an enchanted terroir, in the heart of a vineyard that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, the Château l’Hospitalet vineyard is a unique site of 1,000 hectares of pine forest, vines, and scrubland.

The owner, Gérard Bertrand, was initiated to the grape harvest very early in life by his father on the family estate, and from that moment onwards he knew that he would become a winemaker.

Tariffs and conditions

Adults: 13 euros
Minors: 7 euros
Free for children under 10 years old
Exclusive offer for visitors: -10% on any wines purchased at the shop, not including other offers*
*offer cannot be combined with any other discounts

 

Practical Information

Please wear shoes that are comfortable for walking during the tour.
Visit schedules:
o From June to September: all week days at 10:30 am, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm.

o October and November: Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Exclusive offer for visitors: -10% on any wines pruchased at the shop, not including other offers*

In accordance with article L. 121-20-4 of the French Consumer Code, bookings are not subject to the right of withdrawal.

Groupe Manatour reserves the right to cancel the visit if there are less than 10 participants.

*offer cannot be combined with any other discounts

Duration: 1h30

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The owner, Gérard Bertrand, was initiated to the grape harvest very early in life by his father on the family estate, and from that moment onwards he knew that he would become a winemaker. Now in charge of fourteen wine estates on some of the most beautiful terroirs of the Languedoc-Rousillon region, Gérard Bertrand’s ambition is to be a true worldwide ambassador of Southwest France and the regional leader in the field of super premium wines. Follow our guide and discover this estate hidden in the protected territory of the Massif de la Clape and its Protected Designation of Origin La Clape Côteaux du Languedoc. Just a few kilometres outside of Narbonne, you will find a lush setting that is ideal for revitalising oneself, as well as treating oneself to the wines of the Languedoc region. Gérard Bertrand and his team work each day as master craftsmen on each plot of land, nurturing the vines and making sure that the land offers only its very best. Convinced of the importance of preserving nature for future generations, he intends to convert his entire production to using biodynamic methods: to date nearly 800 hectares are cultivated using these principles in order to produce wine of the highest quality.

The programme includes a sensory walk through the vines and reveals the abundance of this marvellous terroir.

The tour begins with a presentation of this magnificent place where nature is king and where man nurtures the grapevine in complete harmony with the environment, allowing the harvest to give richer, more intense wines. Our guide will take you, with your wineglass in hand, on a journey of discovery and a wine tasting session amidst the vine itself. Throughout this stroll, all five of your senses will be stimulated. Close your eyes and take in the scent of thyme and rosemary, aromas that you will come across in certain wines from grapes that grew in the middle of the scrubland. Let the sea breeze wash over you and taste the salty air of the Mediterranean. Observe the fauna and flora as you walk and soak up the exceptional environment that is home to the wines of l’Hospitalet. As you contemplate this breathtaking landscape overlooking the sea, our guide will initiate you to the joys of wine tasting with a Château l’Hospitalet white from 2017; a true expression of the land itself. Learn how to observe, smell and taste a wine in order to capture its aromas and appreciate its balance.

Our guide will then introduce you to the main principles of biodynamics that Gérard Bertrand practices in 12 of his 14 estates to protect the environment. Biodynamic methods allow the regeneration of land that has been damaged by the use of large amounts of chemicals thanks to preparations made from organic or mineral matter. These preparations are applied at specific times according to the cosmic rhythm (the moon, the sun and the planets).

Then enter the estate’s wine cellar and learn about the vinification process and barrel-ageing. Based on the premise that everything necessary is already within the grape itself, the vinification process is as low-tech and hands-off as possible, with very few additives to the must or to the wine. You will learn about the major differences between the vinification of white and red wines, and why assembling and bottling is carried out with respect to the lunar calendar. Finally, enter the magnificent storehouse 12 metres below ground, dug into the rock, where 3,000 barrels hold the precious wine of l’Hospitalet. This magical, silent place will reveal the secrets and benefits of barrel-ageing.

The vines reflect their environment perfectly: the earth, the climate, the scrubland… and according to Gérard Bertrand: “Wine must not taste like something, but taste like somewhere.”