France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Béziers

Wines from the Faugères, Saint Chinian and Minervois areas
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 11 February 2010
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La Fête du Grand Saint Jean

Held on the first Sunday in July. They also organise a variety of vineyard cycling tours, tastings and winemaker dinners.

Useful information: Syndicat AC Faugères Tel: 04 67 23 47 42 Email:


Fête du Cru Saint Chinian

Held on the third Sunday in July: producer stalls, dinner and concert.

Useful information: More information from the Maison du Vins de Saint Chinian (see 'Useful information' above).


Les Grands Chemins ‘Rencontres en Minervois’

Comprehensive art, film, music, wine and food festival held over ten days end of October/beginning of November, centred on Minerve with furtherexhibitions and tastings in surrounding villages.

Useful information: Syndicat d’Initiative de Minerve, 9 Rue des Martyrs, 34210 Minerve. Tel/fax: 04 68 91 81 43, email:,


Fête de la Chataigne

Saint Pons de Thomières, third weekend in October. Mediaeval/Cathar pageantry, live music and lots of roasted chestnuts!


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