Languedoc’s Château de Pennautier welcomed 40,000 visitors in 2016

Saturday February 04 2017 by Vitisphere

Congratulating itself on a 20% increase in visitor numbers in a year, Château de Pennautier has announced that it welcomed 40,000 tourists last year. Located in the Cabardès appellation area, the estate is well situated near the mediaeval town of Carcassonne which attracts huge numbers of visitors. It has also benefited from investments in tourism facilities by its owners, the de Lorgeril family.

After major building work in 2015, the chateau is now in a position to offer a wide range of events including visits of the castle and its grounds, both of which are listed monuments; a tour of the wine estate with its 160 hectares under vine, its winery and tasting area; and visits of the gardens which won first prize in the Aude garden bloom competition in 2016 with an ongoing application to be listed as ‘Outstanding Gardens’ in 2017. Its offer also includes restaurant facilities, run by chef Franck Debethune, reception venues for seminars and gites, along with one-time events such as an Easter egg hunt, harvesting days, heritage tours and festive season events.

The property also benefited from widespread media coverage during the 150th anniversary of the building of the Canal du Midi, much of which was funded by Pierre-Louis Pennautier who founded the eponymous chateau in the 17th century. Described as the ‘Versailles of Languedoc’, the estate is unfortunately not eligible to be listed as a Cathar site, much to its regret, as the last of the region’s Cathars died out in the 13th century.

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