Vine culture and local products



The cultivation of the vine in the Corbières massif goes back to the second century before our era. It was introduced by Greek merchants, but really developed in the early days of the Roman occupation. During the Middle Age, monastic vineyards are developped with the foundations of the abbeys of Lagrasse, Fontfroide, Caunes-Minervois and Saint-Hilaire. The monks improve viticulture.

When the ideology of the Cathars became dominant, there was no ban on wine contrary to the bogomils and the manicheans who had included it in their forbidden food. But during the crusade against the Albigeois, according to the Jesuit Langlois, partisan of the crusade, Henri de Beaujeu, 'for three whole months, held his troops to burn wheat, to snatch vines, to cut hedges and trees, to knock down houses ', to ruin paths and make a desert of one of the most beautiful countries in the world."

The Black Prince did the same during the Hundred Years war where its progress in the Languedoc ended by the irradication of vineyards.

The Canal du Midi, inaugurated in 1681, relaunched wine production in the Languedoc, it could be exported to Toulouse, Bordeaux and Marseille. The Canal, which crosses this vineyard on 40 kilometers, had the effect of enlarging the area of sale for local producers and in the years 1730-1740, this trade allowed the farms to increase their production.

From 1855, the vineyard knew a strong progression. But the powdery mildew crisis followed by the phylloxera, then the overproduction of wine of inferior quality started the wine trade revolt of 1907.

The cooperative movement which followed during the 1930s gave a boost to the viticulture. In the middle of the twentieth century, the winemakers decide to choose quality for quantity. The wine from the Corbières is recognized by the INAO as a wine of superior quality (VDQS) since 1951, then as an appellation of controlled origin (AOC) since 1985. The average volume of Corbières, produced each year, is 554 000 hectoliters. This production comes from more than 13 500 hectares referenced in the appellation and from the work of more than 2 200 producers.

Red wines constitute 95% of the production, the wine of Corbières displays a great variety of colors and flavors.

The vineyards of the Corbières...

Nowadays the grape harvesting machines do the job.

Thanks to Thierry Raynaud for the two photos above.



moulin de fabi

 Le Moulin de Fabi welcomes you in the sale point of the mill and offers a range of olive oils developed on site from the species Olivières, Lucques, Verdale, Picholine and Bouteillan. The basil flavoured oil as well as oil the edible green olives are also available.

Contact information

Contact :

Fabienne FONTES

Le Moulin de Fabi Adresse : La Prade 11800 FLOURE

Tel travail : 04 68 79 15 55

Fax : 04 68 79 10 78

GPS coordinates : Lon : 2.489321 Lat : 43.183471

Driving directions, at the level of Floure on RD 6113 between Capendu and Trèbes