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Winemaker's Trail

Hikes & walks in Lablachère

Winemaker's Trail - Hikes & walks in Lablachère
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Signposted winemaker's trail departing from the Lablachère wine cooperative. There is a large board presenting the itinerary at the car park. This path will lead you through the vineyards planted on terraces where Chatus, the emblematic grape variety of the region, is grown. It produces a full-bodied, characteristic and powerful wine matured in oak casks which is suitable for laying down. You will recognise the Chatus vineyards in the autumn by the purple shades of the vine leaves. You will also see "faïsses" (terraces) with their dry-stone walls, where vineyards, olive trees and chestnut trees are grown and the streams and springs used to provide water for gardens during the last century. You will make your way through the vineyards, the villages with their large stone "bastides" (farmhouses), cross small bridges and discover the view over the surrounding villages, Sampson Rock, and the Tanargue Mountain. This itinerary has no particular difficulties and can be followed by all. After you have completed it, you will be welcome at the Cooperative winery where you will be able to taste a glass of wine made with grapes from the vineyards you have just passed through.

Description sheet

DepartmentArdèche
Departure municipalityLablachère
Outing typeHike
DifficultyEasy
Duration2h30
Recommended periodfrom january to december
EnvironmentCountryside
Kilometres8 km
Altitude upon departure200m
Change in altitude80m

Access

In Lablachère, follow the D4 for 500 m and park at the cooperative winery, the starting point for the Winemaker's Trail.

Itinerary

The trail starts at the car park of the Lablachère cooperative winery where you will find an information board presenting the map of the itinerary (map of the itinerary also available free of charge at the Cooperative winery). Make your way around the building and follow the signposting through the vineyards. The "Sentier vigneron" sign can be seen every time the path changes direction and you just have to follow the same path until you see the next sign. This path follows old trails and you will also be passing through vineyards located on private property (please respect the environment). Remember to admire the winemaker's huts, attractive small buildings which were used to store tools and provided shelter for workers during meal breaks; the wayside crosses situated at crossroads, and the beautiful views over the surrounding valleys, Sampson Rock and the Tanargue Mountain. On the way back, you will follow the path you took on the way out for a few hundred metres. Enjoy your walk!

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