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In the Corbières massif, wine is a matter of tradition, passion and high standards. One of the few possible agricultural activities in this arid region, the cultivation of vines dates back to the 2nd century BC.
The Corbières offer a great diversity of soils: schist, sandstone, limestone, marl and benefit from ideal conditions to offer superb terroirs for wine growing: the Mediterranean climate, dry, sunny and warm, favours the long cycles of the vine and the north-west wind, which is very present throughout the year, cleans up the vineyard.
Located between Carcassonne and Narbonne, the Château du Vieux Parc has been built over the centuries, in a paradise of fauna and flora, in the heart of a still wild nature. This particular cellar of 70 hectares is located on the soil of Lézignan, in the small village of Conilhac Corbières. The property includes 40 ha of Corbières PDO and 30 ha of Vin de Pays.
Family history has been linked to the land and the vines for 6 generations, and the Mialhe and then Panis families have been improving the estate and their know-how over the years. Until the 1960s, the wine was made on the estate and sold entirely to brokers.
When Guy Panis took over the reins, he made many changes both to the cultivation of the vines and to the great adventure of bottling at the estate. The beginnings of export sales and the awards obtained in the competitions that followed, encouraged his son Louis to leave teaching to take up the torch and, in his turn, take over the running of the estate.
Claudine, his wife, is also involved in the estate and manages the administrative part as well as the tasting cellar, which is open all year round to tourists from all walks of life.
Since the 2005 harvest, the 6th generation has joined the estate with Guillaume, who brings a new lease of life to Château du Vieux Parc with his youth and enthusiasm. It is now his turn to take the estate forward into the future, thanks to the know-how passed on by his family, adapting it to the demands of today’s world. Reasoned cultivation, water management, food safety, HACCP and international trade are important factors to be mastered to enable Château du Vieux Parc to continue to produce great wines for the pleasure of lovers of fine bottles.