Located at the foot of hills covered with garrigue scrubland, between the villages of Névian and Ornaisons, the estate of Villenouvette forms a vineyard of 100 hectares on the right bank of the river Orbieu. This capricious tributary of the river Aude has shaped alluvial terraces and limestone hills for over 130,000 years. The stony plots that stretch between the fertile plain and the arid ridges swept by the tramontane offer ideal conditions for cultivating traditional Languedoc grape varieties such as Carignan and Grenache. On the edge of the river Orbieu, the cooler and deeper soil allows the feet of Merlot and Pinot Noir to flourish under the Mediterranean sunshine. As the harvest approaches, the solar heat accumulated during the day by the pebbles on the surface of the soil is returned during the night, thus accelerating the ripening of the fruit. Thanks to its semi-buried architecture, the winery, built on the hillside, allows gravitational wine-making and ageing of wines at an optimal temperature.