Albi means pink bricks, sunny café terraces and gastronomic delights… A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010, the town houses many treasures: Sainte-Cécile cathedral, a fortress built entirely of bricks, Palais de la Berbie, a former bishops’ palace, now the headquarters of the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, one of the largest contemporary museums with more than 1,000 works on display. And many other wonders too…


The city is a great starting point for exploring the vineyards. The Maison des Vins de Gaillac, which has over 100 wines for tasting and sale and also offers introductory tastings, is right next to Saint-Michel Abbey, built in the 10th century by Benedictine monks. The abbey’s museum has collections of archaeology and sacred art.


25 km from Albi, the enchanting village of Cordes-sur-Ciel is one of the oldest bastides in Midi-Pyrénées. Stroll through the steep streets and admire the sculptures on the houses, exceptional in both their expressiveness and abundance. Artists and craftsmen contribute to the reputation of this wonderful town.

Tarn's bastides

With the ochre hue of bricks and tiles, their winding alleys lined with half-timbered houses that converge on a medieval castle, an ancient hall or a covered square, a centuries-old church, the villages of Rabastens, Lisle-sur-Tarn, Castelnau-de-Montmirail, Puycelsi and so many others are testimony to an ancient yet living history in the heart of landscapes that often resemble Tuscany.

South West Vineyards

Centre INRA - Chemin de Borde Rouge
CS 52637 - 31321 Castanet Tolosan cedex

Phone : (+33) 5 61 73 87 06
Fax : (+33) 5 61 75 64 39



Monday to Friday : 9 am - 5 pm

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