Chèvrefeuille is situated in the Albigeois region of the Midi-Pyrenees – where the last foothills of the Massif Central roll gently to a stop. The whole region is characterised by the contrast between north and south, the cool greenness of the highlands mingling with a light that is already Mediterranean.
Two regions in fact, with striking similarities and just as many differences, a landscape of many contrasts, from broad, rolling limestone plateaux to sunny verdant valleys, from sheep to vineyards, from red and black gorges to rich alluvial river banks.
The architecture of the region shows the same diversity: the Middle Ages have left their mark and their masterpieces, from the Abbey of Conques to the Cathedral of Albi; and each village has some treasure to show, something to offer the visitor in search of the delights of the past and of the present – Gaillac and the Abbey Saint-Michel, Roquefort and its famous cheese, Castres and its Goya Museum and Le Notre garden, the walled town of Cordes and its beautiful Gothic houses.
The cuisine of the Midi-Pyrenees is as varied as the landscape and the history – lamb in the Quercy, veal in Saint-Gaudens, beef in the Aubrac, freshwater fish in the Rouergue and cassoulet in Toulouse. And this is the region in which the Romans first planted vines – in the sixth century BC. The production represents a complete range of white, red, rosé and sparkling wines whose quality has been recognised and valued through many long centuries.
Truly, the Midi-Pyrenees is a fascinating region and Chèvrefeuille offers the perfect base from which to explore and savour its delights.
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