Alexander Francis Dip. WSET
Meet our resident wine expert and senior guide - Alex Francis.
With more than 30 years of experience in the world of wine there are few people better equipped to lead private and group visits to vineyards and wineries in the Languedoc. Having established Carcassonne's specialist wine shop Vins et Vinos at 38 Rue Barbès back in 2012 Alex has now decided to share his deep wine knowledge with you through Languedoc Vineyard Tours.
Alex has studied to the level of Master of Wine and has lead professional wine tours across Europe. With more than 15 years living in the Languedoc making and selling wines internationally he is uniquely placed to provide a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Whether you are a complete novice or experienced wine lover and traveller Alex is at hand to provide you with a truly memorable visit and experience of the Languedoc.
A CHOICE OF PROFESSIONALLY GUIDED VINEYARD TOURS
NORTHERN LANGUEDOC VINEYARD TOURS
THE CRUS OF THE MINERVOIS
Discover why the Minervois is producing some of the most elegant and original wines of the Languedoc. Step back in time through ancient villages and towns to meet the Pioneers of the new Languedoc.
Carignan Noire is the backbone variety of the Languedoc but few people realise that is has the potential for world class wines. With old vineyards planted back as far as the 1890s Carignan is a marvel to discover. We take you to some of the most inaccessible vineyards to discover what makes this variety so unique.
THE LOST VARIETIES OF THE LANGUEDOC
In the 19th Century there were more than 150 different grape varieties grown in the Languedoc. Come with us to discover the pioneers who are rescuing and replanting these old varieties and taste some of them in the actual vineyards where they were discovered and are grown.
SOUTHERN LANGUEDOC VINEYARD TOURS
LIMOUX, CABARDES AND MALEPERE TRIO
The trio of appellations nearest to Carcassonne are often the least understood and appreciated. Come and join us for a journey of discovery, from the monks of Saint Hilaire who have claim to the first sparkling wines to the new wineries reinventing the use of clay jars and Roman Amphora for ageing wines.
SWEET AND FORTIFIED WINES OF THE LANGUEDOC
The Languedoc is unique in producing almost every style of sweet and fortified wine know to man. Come on a voyage of discovery that will open your eyes to the astonishing richness and wealth of tradition that has influenced wine making the world over and learn why Thomas Jefferson thought so highly of these wines he even sent them back to America in the 18th century.
TO CORBIERES AND BEYOND
From the smallest to the loudest we discover THE GROWERS who make The Corbieres such varied and exciting region. Take a journey back in time through the ancient Cathar countryside and winding country lanes to discover hidden parcels of ancient vines, meeting at the same time some of the real local characters and their astonishingly good wines.