Abbey Valmagne: Vineyard, Restaurant, Historic Site

Abby feature

 

Abbey Valmagne is a former monastery in southern France, near Villeveyrac.  The monastery was built in 1138 and later became a vineyard making it one of the wealthiest monasteries in the area.  Because it was a wine producing monastery it escaped being destroyed during the French Revolution.  At that time the last few monks left and the church was converted into a wine cellar, which it still is today.

 

Wine barrels in the church

Wine barrels in the church

Touring the abbey was very peaceful.  In the meditation garden you could feel the effects of so many years of prayers and chants.

Fountain in the meditation garden

Fountain in the meditation garden

The abbey is surrounded by vineyards.  They have a small section of all their varietals of grapes you can walk through.  It was so fun seeing Jon so excited to study all the different types of grapes and take note of the different shapes of grape clusters, he was in his element!

Jon in his element!

Jon in his element!

The rents in the vines

The rents in the vines

The abbey also has it’s own organic farm-to-table restaurant.  It reminded us a lot of the masseria we ate at in Italy.  You have your choice of 2-3 main dishes and the rest is whatever is fresh that day.  The food was delicious!  We all had clean plates!

Joyce & Jessica

Joyce & Jessica

 

Jon & Jeff

Jon & Jeff

It was the perfect day!  If you want to visit Abbey Valmagne, it is currently 7.50 Euros to tour the Abbey and it includes a wine tasting.  The restaurant is on the property and reservations are recommended.

 

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