Route de Saint-Jean-Laseille, 66300 Banyuls-dels-Aspres
Château Montana is located between the sea and the mountains, in the south of Roussillon near Perpignan.
The property, taken over in 1996 by Patrick Saurel, a passionate owner and oenologist, produces red, white, and rosé wines, as well as naturally sweet wines, a tradition of Roussillon.
At a distance of 200m², the château also has two very cosy lodges as well as an eco-museum dedicated to antique tools and items, serving as a real living memory of past winemaking work.
The grape variety of the vineyard, adapted to the land, allows us to produce both local wines and high-quality ‘Appellation d’Origine’ wines. The new wine cellars built between 2003-2005, are a blend of tradition and modernity. They are always in use, from vine management, environmental respect, the wine making process, to maturing of the different vintages.
Discover two cuvees of the property, described by Patrick Saurel:
The first cuvee, Silencio, is an AOC Côtes du Roussillon red, produced on the property’s clay-limestone soil. With a composition of 60% Syrah, 20% Carignan and 20% Grenache Noir, this magnificent vintage has a deep colour and a complex nose. On the palate, one can identify notes of red fruits and nuances of vanilla.
Astre Blanc, another cuvee, is a local Côtes Catalanes white, ideal for rediscovering Grenache, a typically Mediterranean grape variety. A cuvee made from mature vines with a small yield, with a blend of 90% Grenache Blanc and 10% Grenache Gris. The wine is bold, well balanced, with mineral notes.
Following its restructuration, the owners developed many oenotouristic activities at the property. Guided tours of the vinification and wine maturing cellars as well as introductory or refinement tasting sessions are now available throughout the year.
Upon request, buffets and meals can be organised either in the garden or in the wine cellar, depending on the season. Furthermore, the surrounding area offers abundant opportunities for a light walk or hike to see chapels, churches and other historic buildings dating back to the period between the Franco-Spanish wars.
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