Twenty years after it started making its first wines, Calmel & Joseph - founded in 1995 - acquired a superb estate, a former metairie (tenant farm estate), typical of the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
160 hectares in spectacular countryside.
Our unique estate, a stone’s throw from Carcassonne, nestles in a 160-hectare valley in the foothills of the Val de Dagne, Alaric mountain and the Hautes Corbières. Surrounded by spectacular landscape, it is just minutes from Carcassonne’s medieval citadel and the Canal du Midi, both listed as Unesco World Heritage sites.
4 high-end gîtes.
The estate is a great place to come and enjoy some rest and relaxation with family or friends. Set in a unique environment, our four fully renovated gîtes offer many activities for guests during their stay – from relaxing by the pool or in the sauna to enjoying various sporting activities (horse trekking, hiking, mountain biking) on the estate’s land and along the numerous paths and trails in the area, including the GR36 long distance walking route which runs alongside the estate …
Explore the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
There is no shortage of places to visit and things to do in our region of sea and mountains. Make the most of your stay and explore a region rich in history, culture and landscapes. Less than one hour’s drive from the estate, you will find the Mediterranean sea, Cathar castles, abbeys, the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain), picturesque Languedoc villages, and a wealth of local gastronomy and wines…
A traditional wine estate.
Our estate’s agricultural activities – wine, olive oil, almond trees, lavender and honey production – are yours to discover. After your day out, relax and enjoy the pace of life back on the estate, which is worked entirely in the traditional manner, with the tillage of the land and plowing by horse. We firmly respect our ecosystem (no chemical input). Try our wines in the tranquility of our wine cellars or enjoy them on the terrace watching the sun sink slowly behind the hills.
My family and I spent a week in Calmel & Joseph's "Le Domaine" gîte over the Christmas holidays and I have to say that the facilities exceeded our expectations. We were able to enjoy the indoor pool, a lovely fireplace, long walks through the estate (which is so vast we couldn’t get around it all), and Christmas festivities in Carcassonne only 15 minutes away ... thank you for an enjoyable stay!
Words fail us. Just returned to the UK after an amazing 2 weeks staying in one of the Gites on the vineyard. Beautiful setting, great accomodation, superb staff (Sandy particularly) and wonderfull wine. Definitely planning to return to the aera. Donna Gittins - UK (July 2016)
We had a blast ! The estate is beautiful, near Carcassonne and yet in absolutely peaceful surroundings. The 4 gîtes are settled in a way they are kept isolated from each other. Sandy is very welcoming and the wine tasting was pleasant. Super nice ! Hélène Salamand - France
A perfect stay ! An exceptional setting, comfortable housing, well furnished and fully equipped. Decorated with great care : in short, the dream place for perfect holidays ! You can add welcoming hosts, a heated pool with the view on vines and then a very good wine tasting, you will obtain the break we were dreaming of ! This estate outsided our expectations. Famille Cottin - France
We have been charmed by the accomodation and the surroundings, in the heart of the vines. The colors of the Indian Summer and the ever-present sun, allowed us to visit the region. The amazing indoor pool and the sauna are a big help to relax. The kindness of Sandy, the Cathare Castles, The cité of Carcassonne and the outdoor market of Mirepoix were all we asked for a perfect stay ! Strongly recommended. M. Chardac – France
Just back from a wonderful stay on the estate! We were a group of five friends travelling from London for a short break in 'Les Crus' and we had a fantastic time. The surroundings are truly beautiful and relaxing. We enjoyed going for walks and connecting with nature. We also loved the wine tasting - all very good and we will definitely be approaching your UK agent to buy some bottles now we are back! Everyone we met was friendly, but extra special thanks to Sandy for being so helpful and welcoming. We hope to return again soon. N. Ladher - UK
What a wonderful time spent at Calmel & Joseph. We enjoyed every moment of our visit. It was a pleasure for the eyes and the soul. Thank you for all your hospitality. We loved the wine tasting and spending time in the lavender fields as well as by the pool side and sauna. Definitely a five star experience. I. J. Van Rensburg - South Africa
Beautiful spot, all preserved. You feel like in the middle of nowhere, even thought you are just few kms from all the facilities. Time has stopped during our holidays. Huge range of different wines. We will come back very soon. Rolf C. Germany