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Assignan starts in the heartland of the Saint-Chinian AOC vineyards, a calm and unspoilt setting just a few kilometres from the Canal du Midi and Mediterranean beaches. Why not kick back and let the wines and delicious flavours of Languedoc wash over you in this wonderfully laid-back, peaceful setting?

Plans to create a real ‘wine tourism village’ finally materialised in 2015. Since then, the narrow alleyways of this sleepy village have been bathed in purple and have seen a number of arrivals flourish one after another. These include elegantly-designed holiday cottages, a wine bar, a gourmet restaurant, an art gallery and organised vineyard picnics, along with other initiatives for promoting its wine heritage.

Let yourself be transported by the excellent vintages and stunning countryside in Saint Chinian, which will guarantee you a truly unforgettable experience. So what are you waiting for? Book your own wine break or wine-tasting workshop now!

Love outdoor sports? Then why not go for a horse ride or take one of the signposted footpaths?

At 6.5 km long, the “Les Barralets” footpath (no.27) is the ideal way of discovering the natural, archaeological and artistic wonders dotted around the garrigue scrubland and limestone plateaux of the Saint-Chinian terroir . “Les Bousigues” is a 7 km-long footpath (no.28) offering a magnificent juxtaposition of gentle slopes and bold red earth, all of which is imbued with the scent of rosemary. (Walking maps are available at the reception desk of the tourist office for the Canal du Midi to Saint Chinian area).

Finally, you can’t leave Assignan without first experiencing a traditional South of France evening out! Music events are organised during the summer evenings at the charming village square.

Its history:

Perched at a height of 275 metres, the village features views of vines to the south and garrigue scrubland to the north. The name Assignan was first recorded in the founding charter of the Abbey of Saint-Pons in the year 936. Assignan boasts a wealth of archaeological treasures. The surrounding area features a number of dolmens and rocky shelters (Dolmen de Mounio and Bois de Monsieur). Built in the 12th century, the location belonged to the Knights of Malta. Even the Romans stopped off there. The medieval gate-tower still stands today, a relic of the original castrum. The Saint-Pierre parish church was built in the 17th century. The early church is thought to have been the Saint-Pierre chapel, which was situated on a rocky spur overlooking Tudéry that was burned down in the 16th century.

Don’t miss:

            The red earth landscapes between Assignan and Villespassans

            The dolmens

            A vineyard picnic

            A gourmet lunch

            A wine-tasting session

            A horse ride among the vines and garrigue scrubland

            A walk along the “Les Barralets” (no.27) or “Les Bousigues” (no.28) footpaths

 

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