Office de Tourisme du Clermontais
Place Jean Jaurès
34800 Clermont l’Hérault
Tel. 04 67 96 23 86
The pathway round the craggy Vissou mountainside highlights the Cabrières vineyards
The pathway round the craggy Vissou mountainside highlights the Cabrières vineyards. And what better than a good read to help you understand the character of the surrounding land ! That’s why the syndicate for the protection of the AOP Languedoc Cabrières dreamed up a discovery trail. Stretching over 12 kilometres, it climbs from the village to the summit of the Pic where visitors are greeted with an incredible panorama. Two tables with maps and descriptions help visitors discover the landscape facing them. At the foot of the Pic they are faced with a mosaic of beautifully maintained land parcels which make up the Cabrières vineyard. On a clear day, far away to the south-west lies the Pyrenees mountains at the far end of which lies the Golfe du Lion. To the north there are incredible views of Mourèze, the Cevennes, the plateau of ’Escandorgue, the Espinouse mountain and the plateau of Caroux.
The Crozes hamlet
Just 4 kilometres from the village, the Crozes hamlet consists of a group of buildings built of schist or limestone deposits. The 10th century Romanesque church, Saint Martin des Crozes, with its pentagonal apse, is a little jewel of Languedoc romaneque architecture.
The Cabrières vignerons’ museum
The area’s rich cultural heritage comes alive in these displays : medieval history, geology of the Cabrières mountainside (scale model and display case), archeology, copper metalwork from 3000 BCE; exhibition of reconstituted objects using illustrations of how they were made.
Open daily for visits and wine tasting.
- Caves de l’Estabel – 34800 Cabrières
- Tél: 04.67.88.91.65
Pic du Vissou
In the foothills of the lower Cevennes, this listed site of 1208 hectares is one of the highest viewing points of the Hérault department (482 metres) with an outstanding geological diversity, a true mosaic of splendid landscapes. On a clear day one can see the whole sweep from the lower Languedoc small Camargue to the Pyrenees.
The Pioch de Jaffet heritage route
The Cabrières Mairie, the ESTABEL Cave Cooperative and the Friends of Cabrières Association are behind this initiative which was launched on 28 October 1994. The trail, with informative panels, observation posts and map tables, is ideal for a country walk. During a delightful circuit you will discover the natural and human heritage that makes Cabrières so special. The trip involves a pathway round the Pioch de Jaffet and an additional itinerary ‘the path of the mines’. The walk starts at the cave cooperative’s museum.
The masets and capitelles
The Mediterranean countryside of the Hérault has, through the centuries, been shaped by vineyards and olive groves. A rambler progressing along the myriad pathways can’t miss the ‘ restanques’, ‘ masets’ and ‘capitelles’ scattered all over the land. They’re old shelters built by shepherds and vine growers over the centuries which typify our countryside and bear witness to the major part played by pastoralists and wine production in its development.
Chapel of Clos Roca at Nizas
This little chapel was built on the Clos Roca domaine during the Middle Ages and then named after Saint John. Pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostello stopped there to pray and rest their horses in the adjoining stable. A ‘must see’ : the superb stained glass window dedicated to Saint Roch with two shells on his shoulders.
- Tél: +33 (0)4 67 25 19 43
Fontès, it’s medieval
The church of Saint-Hippolyte built outside the village’s walls during the 14th century. Inside, the nave is decorated with fascinating illustrations from the book of Daniel. Also worth seeing, the baptismal fonts installed between the columns of a 17th century baroque altarpiece. Wandering along the narrow medieval roads around the old castle which dominates the valley of the river Boyne adds to the experience. Guided visits in July and August. At other times, the Fontes Mairie website suggests discovery rambles for individuals.
- Mairie de Fontès
- Tel: + 33 (0)4 67 25 14 22
Aspiran, from thepast to nowadays
Aspiran is an adorable little Herault village full of Middle Age relics. Worth seeing, a 14th century church, the 15th century chapel of the Penitents, the viguier’s house … Archeological digs have revealed the relics of a gallo-roman villa with its incredible cellars, home to 155 dolia – casks capable of holding up to 2000 litres of wine. It’s one of the largest gallo-roman villas yet discovered.
From June through to September the Roujan tourist office organises wine based rambles which include walks, village visits, wine tastings and visits around built heritage sites (capitelle, mills etc).
- Office de Tourisme du Pays de Roujan
- Tel: +33 (0)4 67 24 18 01
On 19 July and 9 August, Coteaux de Neffiés wine producers and cooperative members guide visitors around the vines. An unique occasion to meet vignerons, enjoy the beauty of the vineyards, revel in the spirit of this new ‘appellation’ and taste local wines. Open house and free tasting at the Alignan-du-Vent cave from7 July to 18 August from 6.30 pm.
- Les Vignerons d’Alignan du Vent - 34320 Néffiès
- Tel: +33 (0)4 67 24 91 31
The Domaine du clos Romain
Throughout the year, the Clos Romain invites you to join in the life of the domaine. Harvesting, pruning, wine making, tasting evenings etc. During the winter, the owners offer wine tourism stays thus allowing you to visit neighbouring domaines and start learning about oenology.