The Aude is part of the Langudoc-Roussillon which is the biggest wine growing area in France. While you are here, be sure to taste the the regions most impressive Blanquette Limoux which is similar to a sparkling champagne.
Vinécole is the new wine experience of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France - offering wine courses and tastings throughout the year. Located at the impressive Domaine Gayda near Limoux, Vinécole is a wine school for all. Run by Master of Wine Matthew Stubbs, Vinécole offers wine courses and wine tastings both for people looking for a brief introduction to wine, as well as those studying for professional qualifications.
Cassoulet, a bean, duck, and pork casserole made in Castlenaudary. The gourmet rich liver from ducks and geese “Foie Gras” with it’s regional capital in Belpech, pigeon, garlic soup, truffles, wild boar, aligot which is sold at local markets and is akin to smooth mashed potato full of pungent garlic, delicious, and not forgetting, the boulangeries and fromageries where to walk past and not feel hungry is almost impossible.
Nuts, figs, apricots, peaches, cherries as big and bright as huge marbles hang from heavily laden boughs, and wild strawberries grow among the banks on slow country roads.
This is the region often featured on TV. “French Leave” (book also of the same title) where John Burton Race, a Two star Michelin chef, came to discover some of France’s best regional foods, also “French Odyssey” book and TV series with chef Rick Stein.
Recent fiction bestseller books written about the area include Kate Moss's Labyrinth and Sepulchre.
Nature and Sports
Along quiet country roads, in forests for an hour's amble or for days in the mountains, this area is perfect. If you want a structured walk, click the picture on the left. Potential Energy offer local guided walks in and around the Pyrennees.
Cyclists from all over the world visit the region. For cycle hire and delivery to Bordebasse, click the photo on the right. The terrain can be as challenging as you want. Often used as part of the Tour de France.
Superb country for hacking along on horseback, horse-riding stables within 15 mins.
Clean local rivers complement the lake fishing at Bordebasse.
Carcassonne golf course is 35 mins away.
You can be on your ski and on the pistes within the hour at Monts d’Olmes.
The Mediterranean sea and beaches of Narbonne to the east are also within the hour.
For the more adventurous, white water rafting is available in the cool rivers of the Ariege 40mins away.
Windsurfing, catermaran and sailing courses available at Lac Ganguise 35 mins away.
Cruising the Canal du Midi 30 mins away. Take a cruise for the afternoon along the canal du midi, built in the 17th century, mountains to one side of you, vineyards to the other.
To complement your stay here at Bordebasse, why not benefit from a massage. Ease away aches, pains and stress. Pat Penny, a local therapist, will come to you.
The region is home to amongst many others, Buzzards, Eagles, Montague Harriers, Black and Red kites soar overhead, Bee eaters and Golden Orials are welcome visitors every summer, and late summer we have the beautiful Rollers that sit on telegraph wire and fences.
Come along, relax and have a great holiday.