In the 90th we owned the Swedish wine import company Via Domitia, which was specialized on Languedoc wine. Now, as retired and living in Languedoc, we are still interested in wine and have the opportunity to have our former producers nearby and also to explore many new vine-yards. We like to share that experience with you in this guide.

Friday, May 24, 2013


DOMAINE DE MARTINOLLES - 11250 Saint – Hilaire

This is a producer of the ancient sparkling wine Blanquette de Limoux, which actually is the oldest sparkling wine in France and produced in a more original way than champagne. Besides sparkling wine they produce still wine of high quality, especially white wine, but also red of AOP Limoux. Besides the traditional Blanquette de Limoux they produce Crémant de Limoux and on Méthode Ancestrale.

We came in contact with this vine-yard and their sparkling wine in the 90s when we imported wine to Sweden from the area. Their Crémant de Limoux, which we had offered to the Swedish state monopoly Systembolaget, won a blind test and was accepted to be sold in the shops around the country. The most prestigious wine reviewers in Sweden elected this wine to be the best buy at the time. Because of later discovered corruption in Systembolaget, that we did not wanted to take part in, it however never got the success as it should have.

It is also possible to stay over-night in the gite.

Wine maker and owner: Jean-Marc Vergnes

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