May 28, 2017

Dining in Languedoc Wineries Gayda and Cote Mas

By In Articles, Exploring the Languedoc
All wine tastes 200% better when drunk while viewing the vines from where it came. Proven scientific fact! It just doesn’t get any better watching the sunset over the vines with a glass of something decent in one hand and a forkful of deliciousness in the other. You could go the picnic route – and there are plenty of opportunities to do so – or you could make use of a wineries purpose built restaurant. Interestingly there are not a huge number of wineries, at least in Europe, that offer dining facilities.

I do know of two in the Languedoc that every wine-loving dude should make a detour for – the restaurants at Gayda and at Cote Mas. Both these producers have wines featured in the Pays d’Oc IGP Gems Collection 2016.

Dining in Languedoc Wineries Gayda and Cote Mas

The restaurant at Cote Mas is as eclectic as the range of wines. Works of cartoon art sit besides the most extravagant camp lights, a substantial model of the estates famed Arrogant Frog lurks in one corner while a suitably over the top spirit catcher hangs from the ceiling. The food isn’t as wild – just superbly presented and perfectly cooked. Risotto with fresh sea bass as a main and lamb wraps (substantial for a starter) were on the menu during our visit.

“The unorthodox approach to French cooking is in keeping with his attitude to winemaking. Domaines Paul Mas wines are full of the spicy, herby aromas and flavours of the Languedoc with all the ripe, sweet juicy fruit typical of the New World.”

Domaine Gayda, approached through imposing gates and up a drive flanked by the vines, use to be a sunflower farm. Bobbing heads of yeloow flowers now replaced with a purpose built winery complete with a restaurant offering stonking views across the estate. In contrast to Paul Mas, Domaine Gayda (odd name, should have asked its origin), is lightly decorated, oozing cool and sophistication. Well worth getting a winery visit and a little wine tasting before a lunch or evening meal in the restaurant.

“Situated 25km south west of Carcassonne, Domaine Gayda welcomes you to its restaurant, incorporated into the winery building and overlooking its organic vineyards. Enjoy spectacular views whilst discovering outstanding, modern French cuisine, prepared with passion and creativity, a true complement to the wines of the Domaine.”

Dining in Languedoc Wineries Gayda and Cote Mas

Domaines Paul Mas in Montagnac 
D5, Route de Villeveyrac, 34530 Montagnac, France

Domaine Gayda in Brugairolles
Chemin de Moscou, 11300 Brugairolles, France

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  1. What a lovely reminder of our time in the Languedoc – good food and fab wines

    • wine_scribbler May 28, 2017

      Aint it so… some super, delicious food and many a seductive wine. Happy days…


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