Vineyards crossed with wild walks circle this unpretentious, sea-breezy château, home to sociable British hosts beyond a mighty pine-flanked drive… it’s a stunning approach. Paul and Penny bravely plunged head first into the French world of wine and are now sailing smoothly with a small local team. Explore the garrigue-rich estate, tour the cellars: it is quite something to be shown around, and fascinating to pick up the stories and the info. There’s an embracing inner courtyard for breakfast; jasmine clambers, herbs tumble and tables cluster, and you mingle with guests from the three gîtes – and cats, of which there are many. Slumber in the former grape-pickers’ dwelling in ‘Syrah’, ‘Marsanne’, ‘Vermentino’ or ‘Merlot’, simple and homely with a family feel, and up steepish stairs. Beds are wicker or wrought-iron, shower rooms large and shared, there are terracotta tiles, ochre walls and a kitchen for twilight feasts. It’s a sociable place too, good for families with children who want to make friends. You are just outside a small village so can walk to a restaurant for dinner… and coasts and culture await.
Haute Fontaine is an organic vineyard producing high quality AOP Corbières red, white and rosé wines. The vineyard currently covers 26.5 hectares and is planted with Syrah, Grenache N., Carignan, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Merlot, Vermentino, Grenache B. and Marsanne. Over the years, Haute Fontaine wines have received commendations from the Guide Hachette des Vins and Vignerons Indépendants de France.