History of château La Vernède in Nissan lez Ensérune
The close proximity of the protohistoric site of Ensérune was a determining factor for the creation of the first settlement here, on the site of the present-day Château. In spite of the Romanisation that took place from the 1st Century BC onwards, Ibero-Languedocian culture survived, as did the Iberian language, which continued to be spoken practically throughout the area. Numerous traces of this influence can still be found today in the names of parcels of land on the Estate: Cantogragnotos, Cantoperdrix, Fumeras, etc. During the 1st Century AD the inhabitants of Ensérune opted to organise their surroundings in a new way in the form of plain villas, which afforded more comfortable living and farming conditions. This seems to be the point at which the history of Château La Vernède really began. Remains of this era have been found a few metres away from the Château: two rooms from the villa have been restored, in one of which the part of the original mosaic floor had survived. A wall 30 metres in length erected to protect against flooding from the River Aude, three presses, a cistern, a bridge and several walls and basements are the main evidence that the site was occupied as early as the 1st Century; a few pieces of painted wall plaster and fragments of pottery complete the inventory. The residence's Roman owner was named Caissus.
Location of Château La Vernède
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Who does What of Château La Vernède
Mr Jean-Marc Ribet - Owner, Co-Manager
Mr Jean-Luc Maurer - Co-gérant
Mrs Catherine Maurer - Administrative & Commercial Assistant
Visits at Château La Vernède
Although the Château is not open for visiting, visits can be made of the Roman remains, the park, with its fairly unique variety of ancient trees, and the kitchen garden, with its beautiful greenhouse dating from 1901. Some of the two and a half hectares of buildings open for visiting are the mule stables, the saddle-horse stables, the saddlery and the forge. Château La Vernède is however first and foremost a winemaking estate.
We would therefore be delighted to show you around the wine-making cellar (one of the largest private cellars in the region, with a capacity of 30,000 hectolitres spread out over 1,800 m²), the ageing storehouses and the tasting chamber, in which several archaeological finds are displayed together with a press from the turn of the 15th Century.
Visits and tastings are free. Visit us and browse our whole range of wines to choose one that suits your mood, or even better, give in to the temptation of a whole selection.