Within the Domaine you will find a working farm with a number of families who own and manage various businesses including the grapevines, apricot orchards and olive groves. In season, you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the market garden and Millepetit’s own wines.

There is always plenty of farm activity with asparagus harvesting in April or the pruning of the apricot, sweet almond or olive trees. Yet it can be sublimely peaceful as you sit under the old Yew tree beside the canal sipping your wine, chatting or reading your book.

The Domaine really comes alive during the vendange or grape harvest in September as the wine grower prepares his harvest for sale to the local vignerons. It is great fun to be part of this special time for the Domaine.

The life of the Canal passes in front of you with luxury barges, houseboats, the occasional yacht and little “Popeye” boats. Cyclists, walkers, hikers and bird fanciers, sometimes a donkey find their way along the Canal’s path. Millepetit even featured very briefly in TV chef Rick Steins’ ‘French Odyssey’ in 2004!

You can cycle or walk along its shady paths to Trèbes, one of the most picturesque ports of the canal in 30-40 minutes. The medieval cite of Carcassonne is a 15 minute drive or an hours cycle.

The vineyards of Lézignan-Corbières and the Minervois are within a 15 minute drive or an easy cycle. Or you can simply sit and fish or listen to the myriad of birdlife from owls to orielles!