Saint Guilhem le Désert Legendary landscapes and heritage
This is an extensive vineyard area stretching from the edge of the Gard department in the East, embracing Mount Hortus and the Pic Saint Loup and then nestling amongst the foothills of the Seranne and Mount Baudile in the West, overlooking the coastal river Hérault. North of Montpellier, the garrigue, forests and limestone plateaux hold pride of place as far as the Larzac and the Cévennes. The upper Hérault valley cuts through this expansive unspoilt landscape. On sparse arable land, alongside olive groves, vineyards are mostly grown on high ground, imparting astonishing freshness to the wines. The region is also steeped in history and mankind has made its mark, as evidenced by the local architectural heritage. Aniane abbey, founded in the 8th century by Saint Benedict, is one of the cornerstones of the area’s resurgence, following its decline after the collapse of the Roman Empire. Montferrand castle, perched on its breathtakingly steep and rocky ridge, was mentioned for the first time in 1123 as a fiefdom of the Count of Toulouse. Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, a jewel of Romanesque art, is now listed as a Unesco world heritage site and a major French heritage site.
12 000 hl
4 Co-operative wineries
60 Independent wineries