We are delighted to announce the first ever trip specifically to the Roussillon region. This trip has been conceived and put together by Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, with the support and backing of the CIVR, the generic body responsible for the promotion of the AOP and IGP wines from the Roussillon.
The full trip is five days long, with a Sunday afternoon/evening arrival, and then four days supported by the CIVR visiting the Agly Valley, Maury, Rivesaltes, Perpignan, Les Aspres, Collioure and Banyuls.
There will be a fifth day on the Friday organised by Justin, during which you will taste wines from some of the Vin de France producers, and one or two winemakers who overlap with other Départements. There may well be a barbeque, and if the weather is warm enough, some swimming. This last day is optional, but participation is strongly encouraged.
There are many airports that are nearby. Perpignan has connections to Stansted, Dublin and Paris. Carcassonne and Girona are under two hours away. Toulouse and Barcelona are just over two hours away. There are trains from Barcelona to Perpignan.
There will be a minibus available to collect travellers from Toulouse at 17:30 on Sunday 19 May, and return trips to Toulouse will be arranged on the mornings of Friday 24 and Saturday 25, in time for the BA flight at 11:15. Travellers to other airports must make their own way to and from Perpignan.
The cost of the trip to MWs will be £250, to include the fifth day.
There is the option to stick to the four-day CIVR visit, this will cost £150.
Don’t forget that Vinexpo is taking place in Bordeaux from 13– 16 May. If you want to plan a longer trip to the area, please don’t hesitate to contact Justin for suggestions about accommodation and activities.
Those who want to stay on for the weekend can participate in 'Les Amorioles' - a gourmet lunch on Sunday 26 May, which is taken in stages during a 5km walk around the village of Maury. Tickets need to be applied for separately (not through the IMW), and cost around €45.
Weekend activities will require self-booked accommodation, and possibly transport, so please contact Justin directly on firstname.lastname@example.org