We are very excited at Vie et Velo to be supporting The Cancer Support France Cycle for Life this year. This event not only benefits a great cause, but highlights some of the fabulous cycling to be had in Languedoc. We expect it will be a great event for cycling enthusiasts of all levels. We [...]
The harvest season is a gruelling but crucial period for wine producers; it marks the culmination of a year of patient monitoring and attentive care in the vineyard. Timing is critical; the grapes must be picked at their optimal ripeness to ensure the best starting point for producing a fine wine. It is also a fascinating [...]
On the road to Haut Languedoc, the Cirque de Moureze offers an unusual natural environment. The Cirque de Moureze is one of the oldest “Grand Sites” of France. The limestone rock has been carved and sculpted by erosion creating unusual rock formations resembling a martian landscape - a unique cycling experience. Unfortunately, no mountain goats [...]
Here in the Languedoc region in the south of France, a circulade is a traditional village that has been built in concentric circles. Our home base of Caux is a ville circulade. Unique to the Languedoc region, the centre of the village is often the site of a château-fort or a parish church. In the case of [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
There are so many great cycling routes in Languedoc, in fact, starting right out our front door. Whether you ride a mountain bike, road bike or a hybrid... are looking for a challenge or a leisurely pedal, you can find it here.
We have been taking advantage of the sunny and warm weather to get out cycling in the vineyards around our home in Caux, Languedoc on a regular basis. This video shows some of the highlights from recent rides. There are any number of stunning local routes right from our doorstep. This one ascends into the [...]