An age-old vineyard

Fontarèche, which takes its name from the Latin phrase ‘fonte erecto’ (the gushing fountain), is one of the great historic wine estates of Languedoc.

The inventories of the Archbishop of Narbonne mention vines at Fontarèche dating back to 1350.

Nine generations

In 1682, Château Fontarèche and its wine estate passed to the Mignard family, whose descendants the Lamy family still own the estate today.

An exceptional setting

Château Fontarèche is located in Languedoc a few kilometres from Lézignan-Corbières.

The estate forms a perfect 200-hectare square around the buildings.

160 hectares of classified vines, half under the Corbières PDO and half Vin de Pays, have flourished here seemingly for ever.

The chateau’s location makes it a wonderful place to live: the Canal du Midi, the medieval city of Carcassonne, Cathar castles and the Mediterranean Sea are just a few kilometres away.

A unique collection of grape varieties...

The variety of terroirs allows a wide range of grape varieties to be grown.

The estate has 17 different grape varieties, including the traditional Carignan, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre for red, Picpoul Noir for rosé and Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Macabeu for white.

However, some of the estate’s terroirs have also allowed us to successfully reveal the qualities of great varieties such as Chardonnay, Viognier, Vermentino and Colombard for white or Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet and Caladoc for red.