The tickets for the Abbey enable you to:
*A guided visit of the Abbey (approx. 1 hour), or a guide book with visitor information in the language needed - available languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian.
*A tasting of the domain wines, one of the oldest in Languedoc.
*THE BOOKSTORE, which holds a large variety of guides on the Abbey in general, the Cisterciens, the Monks, plants, the wine and all that relates to the Abbey.
*THE GRAPE CONSERVATORY, which demonstrates the different variety which go into the making of our wines and produce our Bio wines.
*THE PORTER HOUSE, created in the 13th Century, (at the it was the Chapel and Museum and housed the groundskeeper and visitors to the Abbey).
*THE MEDIEVAL GARDEN which holds a variety of vegetables, fruit trees and medicinal plants used by the Monks in the Middle Ages.
*TEMPORARY EXPOSITIONS, the Abbey often holds expositions, either painting or other themes which are open to viewing without extra cost during the course of a visit. Our visitors often like to stay onsite for a couple of hours to get the most out of the visi
COTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC
THE RED WINES:
The grape varietals Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache were planted in 1982 and first vinified in 1986. On certain well drained slopes they produce no more than 50hl/hectare. These wines are a typical example of our appellation : strong, well balanced with supple tanins which maintain their aromas of red fruits for several months.
THE WHITE WINES:
This vineyard was planted on 5 hectares of land in 1988. After tasting several different varietals we decided to plant Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache blanc and Bourboulenc. Our first great year for the white wines was in 1994 when the vineyard had begun to mature and our vinifying techniques were well mastered.
Since then, as our orders have outgrown our supply, we replanted in 1998 three more hectares of Roussanne and Viognier.
These wines are typically meridional with delicious aromas of honey and apricot.
THE ROSÉS WINES:
Our rosé is principally for the French market but is also much appreciated in summer by our english and germans visitors. Full well balanced wines with aromas of strawberry and raspberry made from Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache, the juice is "bled" from a first short maceration vinified in cooling vats. The wines can be drunk for up to two years.
THE CUVÉE DE TURENNE : Grès de Montpellier
The Abbey of Valmagne was acquired in 1838 by our ancestor the Count Henri-Amédée-Mercure de Turenne and in his honour we have given his name to our greatest wines. The production comes from the best parts of our domain recognised throughout Languedoc, and is a typical example of the new appellation "Grés de Montpellier".
THE RED WINES:
are produced with Syrah and Mourvèdre giving fruity aromas, structure and depth. They are best drunk between 5 and 10 years old and are dominated by a smoky, truffle and bay leaf nose.
They are strong, well balanced and elegant wines, greatly enhanced after a year's maturity in barrels.
THE WHITE WINES:
are composed of Roussanne and Viognier and are vinified in new barrels during six months. They hence acquire a lovely golden color. Well structured wines with aromas of honey and dried fruits.
Both complex and elegant they can be drunk between two and four years.
CUVÉE CARDINAL DE BONZI
This vintage honours the Cardinal de Bonzi who was the governor of the states of Languedoc and abbot of Valmagne during the 17th Century. He converted the abbey into his place of residence.
This famous red wine comes from the best of our Syrah and Mourvédre grapes. The grapes are turned to wine separately after a long maceration and 1 year in new wood. This wine is the alliance of strength and balance, with particularly delicate tannins and a light touch of wood giving it a perfect structure. It’s a wine to keep for 3 to 5 years.