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(11) Aude

12th C. Wine Tourism Estate and organic vineyard.


Reception Rooms:
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 0
Land: 78 ha

Reference: A6-LR167
£ 2,591,022
$ 3,342,751

A spectacular vineyard estate for sale which dates from the 12th century, when the area was still a Spanish province. Originally the property of the Count of Aragon when it was attached to the fiefdom of the Abbey of Caunes-Minervois. With impressive buildings, the property spreads over 78 ha in one single plot and enjoys panoramic views in a bucolic, undisturbed setting. Located about 20 kms from Carcassonne, the domain is easily accessed being just 1 hour from Toulouse international airport, Beziers and the Mediterranean coast, and 1h30 from the Spanish border.

The estate comprises an impressive set of buildings with a floor surface area of approximately 3000 m2 including:-
2 main houses of 300m² each, which share a vast private courtyard and wooded park.
150m² Guest House with a private garden of 400m²
4 “bed and breakfast” Guest Rooms
"Auberge" with Reception Hall for events and weddings, a Seminar Hall and a Professional Kitchen.

Spa area
There is also a 30m² "wellness" area with shower, spa and sauna, and an outdoor swimming pool with an expansive terrace.

A further 130m2 house is yet to be renovated.

Guests are welcomed in the enormous courtyard. There are panoramic views of the surrounding countryside to be had from the 200m2 terrace.

The Winery:
This has been built partly underground and covers two levels.
Vinification, ageing and bottling are carried out in the lower level which has over 500m2 of floor space.
Clients are received in a bright and welcoming tasting room.

The estate
The domaine covers a total of 78 ha, comprising 50 ha of productive agricultural land as follows:
10.3 ha of vineyard of which 7.3 ha classed AOP Minervois and 3 ha in IGP zone
32 ha of arable land
4.6 ha of permanent grassland and forage crops
1.5 ha of truffle oaks
0.5 ha of olive groves
0.25 ha of orchards
0.15 ha of vegetable garden

The Vineyard
The vineyard which has been farmed with an organic dynamic for over 30 years, was classed organic by Ecocert in 2016. No insecticides or chemical fertilisers have been used since 1989, and weed killers have not been used since 2000.

The grape varietals include Syrah, Grenache Noir, Carignan, Cinsault, Marselan, Sauvignon Blanc, Biognier and Roussane.

The 10 ha vineyard could be increased to 45 ha by replacing the current crops with vines. 25 ha of the potential vineyard area would be classed Cru Laure as of 2021.

Crossed by the Naval stream that flows down from the Black Mountains, the estate has an extremely high water table (just 2-3m deep on the northern side) which opens opportunities for potential irrigation of the agricultural land.

Asking Price: 2,940,000 Euros including agency fees.