In addition to its many wines, Herault also produces a famous regional beverage – 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 with a light fruit wine, Noilly Pratt is aged in big Canadian oak casks. The liquid is then decanted from these bigger casks to smaller ones which are stored outside for about a year where exposure to the wind and the sun helps turn the liquid amber. Once back inside and rested for a few months the fine tuning begins with the addition of herbs and spices. The actual full recipe is still a closely guarded secret, but the cellars on the port of Marseillan are open to visitors where you can learn about Noilly Prat’s proud history and taste this unique aperitif.
Find out more at: www.noillyprat.com