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Villa Castigno, epicurean escape

Tine Claeys and Marc Verstraete, Belgians who made their fortune in beer, discovered in 2006 one of the best kept secrets of the department of Hérault, in the south of France: the domain of Castigno. If the first steps were devoted to the vineyard, located in the foothills of the Montagne Noire, in order to create a range of organic wines “Château Castigno”, Tine and Marc quickly wanted to create a project linked Wine tourism: the rebirth of the neighboring village of Assignan in a “slow tourism” mode. Any stay at the “Village Castigno” must be an antidote to modern life allowing visitors to reconnect with the pleasure of eating well, drinking well and living well. Various experiences are therefore offered: organic wine tasting in the winery, relaxation by the pool, exploration of the medieval villages of Haut Languedoc, bike rides, discovery of local markets by scooter or 2CV . Without forgetting the gastronomic part with the restaurant “La Table”. Here, no menu. “Going to a restaurant without knowing what we are going to eat is part of the experience we want to offer”, explain brothers Pieter and Ruben De Maesschalk, who have just been awarded their first Michelin star.

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