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More than just wine

In addition to its many wines, Herault also produces a famous regional beverage - Noilly Prat. Noilly Prat This unique aperitif has been produced in the town of Marseillan since 1855. The process takes a considerable amount of time and has changed little over the years still using the Picpoul and Clairette grapes grown locally. Starting [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Languedoc region|0 Comments

New jerseys have arrived

Our new Vie et Vélo jerseys have arrived! It was a really fun process to put together our own design. We went through quite a few iterations and are pleased with the final result. Thanks to all our Facebook fans for their feedback along the way. We were aiming for a simple and classic design [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bathroom renovation completed!

We have completed an overhaul of the main bathroom in our gite. We are pleased with the final effect which mixes traditional stone tiles with the modern luxury of an italian style walk-in shower. We hope you will be too. Check out these pics of the work in progress as well as the final result. [...]

By | May 1st, 2016|Accommodation|0 Comments

Mont Ventoux – the GIANT of Provence

Mont Ventoux is open again for the year. Check out this video of the impressive ascent filmed last autumn. The ascent of Mont Ventoux is not for the faint of heart. This bald mountain is named after the wind for a good reason. But the views from the top make it all worth while as [...]

By | April 10th, 2016|Hill climbs, Videos|0 Comments

Les Boucles des 4 Clochers

Les Boucles des 4 Clochers is an annual cycling Grand Prix which starts and finishes in the historic village of Caux, Languedoc. The 80 km challenge consists of 4 loops of a route through the picturesque villages of Caux, Neffiès, la Rouquette, and Fontès and the rolling vineyards in between. March 6, 2016 was a [...]

By | March 11th, 2016|Cycling events, Videos|0 Comments

Cycling in the Wind

If you cycle in the Languedoc region, you will quickly learn to expect wind. While helping to keep you cool in the hot summer months, it can be especially strong and troubling in the winter and spring seasons. Thankfully, the infamous Mistral that you encounter in Provence, does not make it this far south, but [...]

By | February 5th, 2016|Cycling tips, Languedoc region|0 Comments

New kitchen

Our gite has a brand new kitchen. After many hours of planning and many days of building, our new kitchen is complete and we are extremely pleased with the results. Check out the photos below and let us know if you agree. Bookings are now open for summer 2016. Inquire now

By | December 21st, 2015|Accommodation|0 Comments

Languedoc wine appellations

There are a number of sub-appellations within the Languedoc region, many of which are changing as the unique wine of the area is developed and refined. The AOC Languedoc (formerly Coteaux du Languedoc) is the predominant regional appellation and is by far the most important. Benefiting from the sunny climate of the Herault, the [...]

By | November 8th, 2015|Languedoc region|0 Comments

Day ride destinations

Here are just a few pics of some of the villages within an easy ride of our front door step. It is hard to go wrong with so many picturesque options in every direction.

By | September 7th, 2015|Languedoc region|0 Comments

To clip or not to clip: getting used to clipless pedals

Clip-in pedals (more commonly, and perhaps confusingly, known as ‘clipless pedals’) are the combination of special bike shoes with cleats, which attach to the pedals via a sprung mechanism similar to ski binding. Although initially, the idea of attaching your feet to the pedals may seem slightly crazy, and even dangerous, clipless pedals can greatly [...]

By | July 13th, 2015|Cycling tips|0 Comments