Domaine St Jacques d albas vineyard in Languedoc

The Wild Southwest: Meet the Pioneers of Languedoc

The Outsiders are a group of wine producers from all around the world who settled in this part of France, attracted by affordable prices, diversity and a sense of freedom, writes Patrice Bertrand We could have gone somewhere else but

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Byrrh – the Famous Languedoc Roussillon Aperitif

Drive around the villages of the Languedoc Roussillon and you’re bound to see the very strange word ”Byrrh” painted onto the sides of buildings in fading lettering. FrenchEntrée explores the origins of the historic Byrrh apertif, one of the most iconic products of the Languedoc Roussillon.

Book review: Virgile’s Vineyard, Patrick Moon

Virgile’s Vineyard Patrick Moon, Matador, £9.99 This is an expanded version of Virgile’s Vineyard: A Year in the Languedoc Wine Country, which was first published in 2003, and has been produced to sate popular demand. It’s an autobiographical tale of upping sticks, abandoning a career as a solicitor and

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Crème Catalane Recipe

If you’re looking for a traditional Languedoc-Roussillon dessert to delight your dinner guests, then why not turn your hand to the surprisingly simple preparation of a Crème Catalane – a favourite from the French Catalonia area in the south of the region bordering Spain.

Languedoc Traditions Jousting in Sète

Languedoc Traditions: Jousting in Sète

One Sètois tradition is guaranteed to jolt the Languedoc from the languor of midsummer days. Water jousting was a popular medieval sport in the South of France, first appearing in Sète in 1666, at the inauguration of the Canal Royale.

10 of the best French foods

10 of the best: French classics ◗ Baguette – It goes without saying, but you can never tire of this most français of French staples. When in France, don’t go a day without one… ◗ Crêpes – These thin Breton pancakes

Grilled Mushrooms with Pélardon Goat’s Cheese

Pelardon, a little round of goat’s cheese, has been produced since Roman times in the Languedoc, and now is produced in five departments surrounding the Gard and the Cévennes region. Here is a little taste of its history and a delicious way to serve it!

Photo by Raphael Goetter

Wedding etiquette in France

If you are lucky enough to have been invited to a wedding in France or are planning to get married in France, you may want to have a few pointers as to the correct wedding and dining etiquette to ensure that you don’t commit a terrible faux pas!

Chiens Chats du Monde – cats and dogs to adopt

In Quissac (Languedoc-Roussillon) the Chiens Chats du Monde association works to save and rehome mistreated dogs and cats. There are so many breeds to choose from, ranging from Labradors and Shih Tzus to Jack Russells and Westies – and that’s just the dogs.

Who Wouldn’t Want to Retire Here?

The joys of life in South West France are known to millions of regular visitors. The region boasts such scope, such diversity of topography – from the Biarritz beaches to the rolling hills of Périgord and the inviting peaks of

Property Hunting in Languedoc Roussillon

If you’re considering buying a property in the Languedoc Roussillon this year, chances are that you’ll already have a good idea about where in the region you want it to be, that’s why we’ve created dedicated location specific property sales pages for the main property hotspots in the region – “Languedoc Roussillon property sales links”

Languedoc Property Buyers Questions

At FrenchEntrée Languedoc-Roussillon we often get emails or phone calls from prospective property hunters looking for information about buying and selling property in the region. Here we take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions and get feedback from the agents who we work with.

Languedoc-Roussillon Autumn Wines

September is the most exciting time in the winemaker’s calendar as the harvest begins. For the wine-lover, the change in temperature and the shorter days means an equally exciting shift in drinking habits.

Restaurant in Nimes – Le Bouchon du Marché

Every once in a blue moon, while on my travels with Mrs Sandford, I make the mistake of driving into a town or city I don’t know looking for a place to eat. So, here a little gem in Nimes for your address book in case you find yourself wandering its pretty streets! “Le Bouchon du Marché”

Property Hotspots – Languedoc Roussillon

• “Agly & Maury”
• “Alberes”
• “Bassin de Thau”
• “Capcir & Cerdagne”
• “Castelnaudary”
• “Carcassonne”
• “Ceret”
• “Cevennes”
• “Ceze Valley”
• “Coastal”
• “Collioure”
• “Corbieres”
• “Haut Languedoc”
• “Lauragais”
• “Limoux”
• “Lodeve”
• “Lozere”
• “Minervois”
• “Montpellier”
• “Narbonne”
• “Nimes”
• “Perpignan”
• “Pezenas”
• “Prades”
• “Pyrenees”
• “Sete”
• “Uzes”
• “Vaunage”

Blanquette de Limoux Sparkling Wine

A visit to the region would not be complete without a taste of this sparkling gem – a dry, creamy-textured, full-bodied wine with fruity aromas, a clean taste and a long full finish. Find out more about the legend behind the wine and where to find it.
“Blanquette de Limoux”

Blanquette de Limoux Sparking Wine

A visit to the region would not be complete without a taste of this sparkling gem – a dry, creamy-textured, full-bodied wine with fruity aromas, a clean taste and a long full finish. Find out more about the legend behind the wine and where to find it.
“Blanquette de Limoux”

Byrrh – the Famous Languedoc Roussillon Aperitif

Drive around the villages of the Languedoc Roussillon and you’re bound to see the very strange word ”Byrrh” painted onto the sides of buildings in fading lettering. FrenchEntrée went to discover the origins of the historic Byrrh apertif, one of the most iconic products of the Languedoc Roussillon!
“The Famous Apertif”

Getting Married in Languedoc-Roussillon

Find out more about the laws and regulations to fulfill if you want your legal wedding ceremony to take place in France, as well as the types of wedding ceremonies that are possible and links to useful information to help you plan your special day.

Quercy Beef and Bean Casserole

Every region of France has it’s own classic stew or casserole. The most famous, and certainly the most abused beef stew must be Boeuf Bourguignon, closely followed now by the increasingly popular Provencal Daube…

Enjoy Olive Oil produced from your own Garden

“Languedoc olive oil”If you live in the Languedoc, you may possess one or more olive trees, and you could come away from a private olive mill or a cooperative with a litre of your own olive oil for 7-8 kg of olives. Find out when to pick and where to take your olives …

Tarte Aux Pommes Recipe from the Languedoc

The reinette apple is an apple grown widely in the Languedoc Cévennes and is ripe at the beginning of winter. It is good for eating fresh as well for cooking. If you ask anyone who lives in the Languedoc how to make an apple tart, you will get many different versions, this is one we like.
“Tarte aux Pommes”

New Build in the Aude & Pyrenees Orientales

New Build in the Aude & Pyrenees Orientales

Foreign buyers are beginning to discover that not only can new build properties be much cheaper than a renovation project, with the advantage of a house at the end of it that exactly meets your requirements, they can also ooze character and style.

Markets in the Pyrenees Orientales

To find out where to get your succulent asparagus, juicy cherries, spicy charcuterie, smelly cheeses, household linens, aromatic honey or hand-made jewellery consult our list of the main local morning markets in the Pyrenees Orientales.
“Markets in the Pyrenees Orientales”

Banyuls, Maury & Rivesaltes

A visit to the southern Languedoc department, Pyrenees Orientales (also known as Roussillon), could not be complete without tasting one of the exquisite sweet wines the department is famous for. Once you’ve tasted a Banyuls or a Maury it’s easy to get hooked, so here is a little guide to which wine works with which food!
“Sweet Wines of the Roussillon”

The only Cassoulet recipe you’ll ever need?

The recipe for a perfect Audois cassoulet is a subject of much debate – some of it bordering on the fanatical! Gemma Driver takes her life in her hands by asking what all the fuss is about, and gives you her definitive recipe …
“Cassoulet Recipe”

Les Halles de Narbonne

Wandering round Narbonne’s famous indoor food market, your senses are hit with myriad pleasures: the opulent and heady aromas of freshly ground coffee, the homely waft of croissants in the oven, the buzz of morning banter…

Markets in the Aude

To find out where to get your succulent asparagus, juicy cherries, spicy charcuterie, smelly cheeses, household linens, aromatic honey or hand-made jewellery consult our list of the main local morning markets in the Aude.
“Markets in the Aude”

Discover the Delights of Rosé Wine

“wines of Languedoc”It’s summer, so it doesn’t matter what wine you drink as long as it’s pink. The English rediscovered rosé in the long hot summer of 2003, but in the Languedoc it’s been quaffed for years. Wine lovers may scoff at rosé – too simple, too drinkable, not enough taste – but when the temperatures rise, good red is hard to enjoy and even many whites don’t quite hit the spot.

Discover the Delights of Languedoc Rosé Wine

The English rediscovered rosé in the summer of 2003 but in the Languedoc it’s been quaffed for years. Wine lovers may scoff at rosé but when the temperatures rise, good red is hard to enjoy and even many whites don’t quite hit the spot.

Languedoc Roussillon Restaurants

The passionate region of the Languedoc Roussillon delights in its strong culinary traditions which are attributed to the unique and diverse blend of its multi-cultural peoples. Here we showcase some of the chefs and restaurants which are putting Languedoc cuisine on the map, as well as some more traditional restaurants which are highly recommended! Bon Appetit! “Restaurants in Languedoc-Roussillon”

Training your Dog to find Truffles

“truffle dog at Uzès market”This year it was my pleasure to attend my first truffle market in the Languedoc. Mingling among serious culinary connoisseurs searching for the best truffle at prices of 700 euros per kg, it was plain to see that a special breed of person is attracted to these events. Many sporting leather hats, the type worn by local horsemen, it was down to serious money making as the stalls under the mediaeval arches of Uzes town centre buzzed, customers seeking out the best deal and the best quality dealer.

Authentic olive tapenade recipe from Languedoc, South of France

“Olive tapenade on sale”This olive tapenade recipe is a local olive tapenade recipe from the Gard, Languedoc, hence it is an authentic recipe and exactly how one makes the real thing. You don’t need to go to an American website to see tapenade imitations, you can get the real thing here from the south of France itself!