The Village of La Livinière
Where Vineyards meet with Olive Orchards
With about 550 inhabitants, La Livinière is known for its 20 wine makers, its A.O.C. and its two historic churches. But it is also home to over 10000 olive trees, an incredible number of Capitelles (stone shacks built to protect the field workers and their animals). La Livinière dates back to the year 990, but ancient roman settlements, as well as dolmens have been found nearby.A beautiful and authentic medieval village, where the songs of the summer cicadas give way to the song of the grape harvest in the fall, the olive harvest early winter and the maintenance of the vineyards the rest of the year. La Livinière lives in a close relationship with mother nature, nestled in the foothills of the Black Mountain, and overlooking the Corbières mountains and the Pyrenees on a clear day.
A Region with Remarkable Wine
Unleash your Epicureanism
Epicureanism is a system of philosophy based on the teachings of Epicurus, founded around 307 B.C. It teaches that the greatest good is to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquility, freedom from fear and absence from bodily pain. So delve into the pleasures of the earth and find solace with our remarkable wines while bathing in the authenticity of our unique Terroir.
Unleash the Explorer in You
The perfect base from which to explore all the delights of the magical Occitanie region. Local activities include fine dining, sightseeing, cycling, castle hopping, hiking, water sports, fishing, golf, horseback riding, walking the vineyards, wine tastings, or simply lazing under the Epicurean sun.
Easily accessible by plane, train or car, Casa Lavineira is 45 minutes from the Mediterranean coast, 35 minutes' drive from the nearest airport (the Carcassonne airport) and the medieval town of Carcassonne, and just a stone throw away from countless cultural and historical sights.
We provide you with a list of nearby restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and other pertinent information to simplify your stay without wasting any guessing time.
Within 35 minutes or less
We are less than thirty minutes away from attractions and activities to suit any taste. What follows gives you a taste of some of the things you can do in the area.
We also offer exclusive personalized itineraries (click on "sightseeing" on the right) and recommendations when you stay with us.
Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi is only 10 minutes away and offers walkers and cyclists many miles of beautiful trails to enjoy. A UNESCO world heritage site since 1997, this massive project came to life over 350 years ago, mainly for wine-carrying barges from Sète to Bordeaux. Today, it is a thriving tourism destination and one can rent boats or catch a boating tour in Argens-Minervois, Capestang, La Redorte or Béziers.
Carcassonne, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the fascinating Cité, is an unmissable destination. The largest walled city in Europe with its two sets of ramparts and 52 towers, The Cité de Carcassonne is a short drive to the south-west and no visit to this area should be contemplated without exploring this magical place. Established in pre-Roman times, the Cité was a major fortress for many centuries. Renovated in the 19th century by Violet-le-Duc, it is a perfect example of a medieval city with a maze of narrow streets laden with shops, a magnificent cathedral and a countal castle. Summer visitors can enjoy the world famous fireworks display on July 14th and the Festival with international artists. The Cité is lit up every evening throughout the year and is a stunning sight, and a favorite for an evening drink at sunset.
Cité de Minerve
Only 20 minutes away, the site has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and Minerve was once
an imposing medieval Cathar city, built by the Viscounts of Minerve.
In 1210, Simon de Montfort, military leader of the crusade against the Cathar heretics (the Albigensian Crusade), besieged the town. Bombarded and dying of thirst, the Perfects (as the Cathars were known) refused to renounce their faith and were burnt at the stake. Today, a commemorative monument reminds visitors of this troubled period of Languedoc history.
Located on a rocky spur, this stone-built village is nestled in a little valley amongvineyards, olive groves and chestnut trees. Filled with mystery and authenticity, with little gardens and cobblestone paved streets , Minerve counts many artists and craftsmen.
It only takes 10 minutes to reach the Allée Couverte de Saint-Eugène, located in a grove of pines on the way to Carcassonne. It is believed to date back to at least three thousand years.
Going the other way towards Siran, you will find the Dolmen des Fades, another ancient covered walkway/burial dating back 5000 years.
The Lac (lake) de Jouarres is located 10 minutes away from Casa Lavineira, and the Lac de Cavaillère close to Carcassonne, which offer swimming, sunbathing and water sports to escape the Summer heat!
The Eaurizon Center is just 20 minutes away in Puichéric and offers kayak and paddle-boarding, along with canyoning trips.
Vineyards and Wine Tasting
We are located in the heart of the Minervois wine country, and a stay at Casa Lavineira provides the perfect opportunity to explore the many up-and-coming wine makers of our area. Appellations within easy access include: Corbieres, Minervois, Fitou, and the original sparkling wines of Limoux. But you don't need to travel at all, as we have plenty of opportunity for tastings in our village.
Nature Walks Around the Village
We have three trails starting from the village post office that will help you discover the old lime ovens as well as the Capitelles (old stone shelters) located throughout the surrounding landscape. The Four à Chaux trail is marked in blue, the Lauziès trail is marked in yellow. The brand new Chemin du Cade takes you to a 350-400 year old cade tree. The rich Mediterranean flora will surprise you year round as well.
Hiking and Biking the Montagne Noire
There is an enormous variety of hiking and biking terrain in the hills of the Montagne Noire, just 15 minutes up the road (Ferrals-les-Montagnes), much cooler in the hot summer months. Sunny days and cooler temperatures in Spring and Fall are ideal for exploring the vast and beautiful National Park of Haut Languedoc.