Occitanie, France – the Perfect Holiday Destination for Children with Wine-Loving Parents

Mar 17, 2023

While the Kids Are Away, the Parents Can Play!

Bonjour, parents! Are you dreaming of a quality family holiday where you can sip delicious wines while your little ones are happily playing and making new friends? Look no further than Occitanie, France!

This stunning region has it all. Rolling hills, charming towns, and exciting attractions. A world of outdoor fun for all the family to enjoy during warm, sun-blessed days. Indeed, with its mild climate and rich history, Occitanie is the perfect location to create unforgettable memories with your family.

But wait! What about the wine?

Fear not, because Occitanie is also a wine lover’s paradise! This region of France is unique in the wines that it produces. Indeed, you’ll find some of the most exquisite French wines here ─ from full-bodied reds to crisp whites and refreshing rosés. If you’d like to sample the region’s wines in a fantastic restaurant, chic bar, or where it all begins – at the vineyard – all options are available here.

Read on to discover what it is that makes Occitanie so special for wine lovers, and how Country Kids is the perfect destination for young children with wine-loving parents!

Why Occitanie is a great holiday destination for families with young children

Before we uncork Occitanie’s appeal for wine enthusiasts, let’s take a brief look at what makes this region in southern France ideal for families.

First, the region includes some of the finest countryside in France. But don’t think that rural retreats are all we have to offer. Travel to the south, and you find some of the French Riviera’s most westerly and beautiful, family-friendly beaches.

You’ll also find an almost limitless array of parks, museums, and animal parks stretching across the region. Then there are the rivers and lakes – ideal for trying your hand at water-based sports. And the variety of wildlife here is pretty spectacular, too. Then there are the quiet country roads – perfect for a family day out cycling. And, whether you prefer the slow pace of village life, or the hustle bustle of big cities, Occitanie has you covered.

And, of course, there’s the climate. Warm and temperate most of the year, it’s comfortable for families with young children. Mild temperatures during the winter. Long, lazy summer days. The ideal year-round destination.

Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore the countryside, or discover the region’s rich history and culture, Occitanie is the perfect destination for families with young children.

And then there’s the wine

Now, let’s talk about the wines of Occitanie! The vineyards of Languedoc and Roussillon produce an exceptional range of wines, each with its own unique characteristics.

When it comes to wine production in Occitanie, each appellation benefits from a different terroir and production methods. There are many smaller wine producers here, sitting alongside famous names that include Gérard Bertrand, Paul Mas, and Domaine Lafage. Other names you may have heard of include Minervois, Corbières, and Fitou for red wines; and Limoux, Picpoul de Pinet, and Côtes du Roussillon for white and rosé wines.

Let’s start with the white wines. This region is home to some of the most refreshing and crisp white wines in France. Among these we would include Picpoul de Pinet and the Limoux wines. The Picpoul de Pinet is a light, dry wine with a citrusy flavour. The Limoux wines are known for their floral aromas and crisp acidity.

Other notable white wines produced in Occitanie include the Chardonnay-based wines from Limoux and the sweet Vins Doux Naturels from Rivesaltes.

Moving on to rosé wines, find a similar eclectic mix. These include the popular Côtes du Roussillon and the fruity Costières de Nîmes. The grapes used to make these wines include Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. What you are treated to is a wine with a beautiful pink hue and flavours of strawberry, peach, and melon.

But, of course, no French wine region would be complete without producing stunningly delicious and robust red wines. Occitanie does not disappoint.

Some of the best red wines hail from Cahors. Made from the Malbec grape, these reds have a deep, dark ruby colour, with hints of blackberry, plum, and spice. While you’re here, don’t neglect the elegant and powerful Madiran and Saint-Chinian wines.

Last, but certainly not least, we move to the sparkling wines. Who does these better than France? Who does them better than Occitanie?  For example, made using the same method as champagne, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better sparkling wine that the crisp, refreshing Blanquette de Limoux, blended from Mauzac and Chenin grapes to give a refreshingly crisp wine, perfect for an end-of-holiday toast.

You may be a wine connoisseur. You may enjoy a glass or two with an evening meal. Whatever your level of wine knowledge and experience, Occitanie is the ideal destination. Whatever your palate, there is a wine here for you.

Enough about the wine! What about the kids?

Okay, so the region is a fantastic destination for wine lovers. But what about the children? This is where Country Kids comes in. Our all-inclusive holidays are perfect for children with wine-loving parents.

With child-friendly gites nestled in the French countryside, and enough space for older kids to roam in a secure setting, parents can rest assured that their little ones are safe and happy. And with a daily Kids Club that keeps younger members of the family entertained, parents can switch off and relax, knowing that a wonderful holiday is guaranteed.

There’s no overcrowding here, and no chance for boredom, either. We offer an endless range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. From a huge sandpit and trampolines to outdoor play areas and zip wires, there’s something for everyone. Children love visiting the working farm, and being in the open air exploring. And with an adult-only pool, as well as yoga and spa treatments, parents can indulge in some much-needed relaxation time.

But what sets Country Kids apart from other all-inclusive holidays is our Absolutely Everything’s Included package. All meals and drinks, including alcohol and free access to our wine cellar, all entertainment on site, a spa treatment for each member of the family, and two off-site activities for each family member are included, in addition to the A La Carte Package.

You’ll find accommodation here is family-friendly and intimate, allowing children to make new friends while parents get to know other parents who share the same goal: a terrific holiday for all the family. And with a planning session at the start of the week, guests can explore the beautiful Languedoc region with ease, from superb traditional markets and vineyards to exciting activities like pony riding, sailing, and rock climbing.

It’s no wonder that most guest families return year after year, with some even making it an annual pilgrimage. With everything included and an endless range of activities to enjoy, Country Kids truly is the perfect getaway for tired, stressed, and all-consumed parents. As one regular guest raved on TripAdvisor, “From 1 to 12, your children will absolutely love this place, and you will, too.

Country Kids, Occitanie, France – Where wine, parents, and kids really do mix!

We may be a little biased – we’re very proud of our slice of heaven in this idyllic location – but we believe that Occitanie, France is the ideal holiday destination for families with young children and wine-loving parents. Indeed, with its stunning countryside, family-friendly beaches, exciting attractions, and fantastic wines, this region has something for everyone.

Our all-inclusive holidays cater to busy parents with young children. We really do include everything, even access to our wine cellar.

With a planning session to arrange the week, you can look forward to a relaxing stay with us. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful Languedoc region, from vineyards and traditional markets to exciting activities like pony riding and rock climbing.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make unforgettable memories with your family in Occitanie, France. Book your holiday at Country Kids today.

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