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“What a great Sunday!”
Review of O'Vineyards

O'Vineyards
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US$29.91*
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Winery Tour and Wine Tasting in Carcassonne
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US$448.67*
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1-Day Package: Vineyard Visit, Wine Tasting Experience, Dine and Overnight Stay...
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US$71.19*
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Winery Visit with Food and Wine in Carcassonne
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Owner description: PACKAGE for TWO GUESTS: Luxurious double room, Winery-Vineyard visit, Dinner and Breakfast! Fine Wines, Delicious meals, Fabulous views, Rooms in the middle of the vines! .... Winery visit & Wine tasting with the winemaker himself! No snobs allowed!... You can walk around the winery and vineyard to learn how we make our wines, all with a glass in your hand... Nestled in the vines on the highest point of the Thou foothills, Domaine O'Vineyards overlooks the Medieval castle ramparts of Carcassonne and features a gorgeous view of La Montagne Noire....About 10 minutes from Carcassonne's airport......
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

My wife and I were in Carcassonne for a 5 day break and looking for a vineyard trip.
Look no further - this one is excellent! We arrived by taxi ( don't drive there is lots of wine to drink) at mid-day. Almost 5 hours later we left - having had a tour of the vineyard, an explanation of the wine making process, a wine tasting, and a most delicious 5 course lunch. Our host, Joe (wine) and Liz (food) were both welcoming and friendly. We were joined by 2 couples of Scots cyclists and a family from Hertfordshire. A very friendly group! Lots of excellent wines to taste; very welcoming hosts; wonderful food prepared by Liz.
There surely can't be a more enjoyable way to spend a sunny Sunday near Carcassonne.
Thanks Joe and Liz - truly memorable.

Thank Hurley2rise
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Finally made it back home after our tour through France and Spain, it was long but it was a wonderful experience, made even more exceptional by our visit to your B&B!!. We felt like we were visiting family or really close friends, the wine, the food, the cooking tips, the amazing room, the view, everything was superb!...all of us are extremely grateful for all the attention, it was definitely the highlight of our grand tour.

Thank Fabricio Q
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

This was without doubt one of the best experiences we've had on our honeymoon in France. Joe and Liz, the owners of O'Vineyards, are a fabulously welcoming, friendly, fun couple who made us feel completely at home the moment we arrived for our visit to their winery to be followed by lunch.

We had biked up from Carcassonne (about 35 mins if you take the D118 route) and arrived somewhat hot and bedraggled. Joe immediately offered us a large glass of ice cold water, swiftly followed by a glass of delicious white wine, as we cooled down in the surroundings of their beautiful home.

Joe then took us outside, where we enjoyed 360 degree views of the beautiful countryside and rolling vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. He explained about the different grapes they grew, and the different cultivating and cropping techniques they used to get the best crop out of each type of grape.

We went then went into the sorting and fermentation room. Joe talked us through the entire process, from harvesting to sorting, fermenting, distilling, mixing and barrelling. We tasted generously sized samples of their reds straight from the tanks and barrels. (Joe later quipped that he couldn't understand why French domains normally serve such small sample sizes - the one thing that they have in abundance as wineries is wine!)

This was then followed by a delicious lunch cooked by Liz, where the conversation and wine never stopped flowing. To start, we had a fresh salad with slightly curried eggs, local red spiced lamb sausages and home made pates. For the main we had perfectly cooked crispy whole legs of duck with artichokes and courgettes picked less than one hour ago from their garden, with the tastiest fried rice I've ever had (no grease, but packed with flavour) and a duck sauce with fresh herbs from the garden. We then had some excellent cheeses (including a brie that Liz had added walnuts to - yum) followed by chocolate brownies and vanilla ice cream.

Throughout the whole meal our glasses never went empty. We had a glass for both red and white, and we continued to try different wines throughout lunch. Our favourite was their Proprietors Reserve 2005, of which we bought 2 bottles.

Throughout lunch Joe and Liz kept calling their gardener, Michael, over for glasses of wine and to sample all the dishes - this seems absolutely in keeping with their characters, which are welcoming, inclusive, fun and caring. It was just like being with friends and family.

We had such a great time that we've booked to come back for their B&B getaway weekend - 2 night with meals and wine. We absolutely can't wait to return.

Joe and Liz, thank you for such an amazing experience (especially when it was supposed to be your day off!) and pass on our thanks to Michael for making the garden look so lovely and produce all those yummy vegetables and herbs.

Can't wait to see you again soon! Helen and Aaron xx

1  Thank helen f
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We visited with 11 members of a wine tasting group and we were treated to a very interesting and informative tour of the vineyard and winery by Joe which included tasting a variety of the wines produced. After the tour we were treated to a wonderful lunch cooked by Liz accompanied by a superb selection of wines. Joe and Liz joined us at the table for dessert which was a very nice touch. They are both very interesting and very welcoming as hosts. If you like dogs you'll like their dog Muse. We came away with a bottle of OMG which we look forward to sampling in due course. The vineyard is not easy to find but the vistas are beautiful and it is well worth a visit.

1  Thank Linda D
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

I booked this wine tour for my sister's Hen Party and I cannot recommend it enough. We arrived to a beautiful welcome, followed by a brilliant tour of the vine yard and the winery. It was very informative and Joe was excellent with the group of women asking lots of questions... and drinking quicker than he could fill the glasses! After sitting outside with a glass of wine, we went in for lunch and the food was incredible. the wine was free flowing and the dining experience was relaxed. Joe and Liz joined us for drinks and we couldn't have had a better time. the only disappointment was having to leave the few bottles of wine we purchased because we couldn't carry them in hand luggage. I cannot express how highly i recommend the tour. If you are looking for info on wine, to drink lots of wine, to see the workings of a small business, taste amazing food and drink more wine... then i throughly recommend you book this tour. Plus you can stay there too so no excuse for having to drive!

1  Thank Alexa_waugh
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