I found this B&B while reading Ryan O'Connell's wine blog. We booked for 2 nights plus a winery tour and home cooked meal by the host Liz. My mother and I drove in to O'Vineyards late on a Saturday evening and were immediately greeted by Joe with wine, followed by Liz's wonderful homecooked meal, combined with great conversation and topped copiously with wine. The beds were comfortable and the setting of the vineyard was extremely peaceful. The next morning we had a great breakfast by Liz at 830am (the O's wines somehow caused much less of a headache than other wines -- could it be the minimal use of sulfides?) We spent the Sunday visiting Carcassonne (only about a 10 minute drive into town from the B&B). When we came back Ryan took us and several other couples to the cellar for a winery tour, where Ryan was extremely informative with the winemaking process, as well as gave me tips for tasting wines. To top this up, Liz went above and beyond treated my mother and I to a second wonderful dinner, explaining that I shouldn't have to drive around trying to find another restaurant on a Sunday.
All in all, because the B&B only has 4 rooms and one large dining room, and because of the O'Connells' hospitality, I really felt like we spent two days at a family gathering. The rooms were spacious, clean and had comfortable beds. I highly recommend this place for anyone visiting the Carcassonne area who wants to get a real sense of life in a vineyard.
- Also Known As:
- O'Vineyards Bed & Breakfast - Carcassonne France/Villemoustaussou
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a full Wine & Food Experience just ten minutes from Carcassonne castle. Many bottles of O'wines during your stay! Perched atop a beautiful, fully-functioning vineyard with down to earth, wine-slurping hosts. Everybody's welcome and you don't need to know a lot about wine to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a vineyard in the south of France. ... more less