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Montouliers and its ‘Calade’

Montouliers is a typical wine growing village on the edge of two AOC appellations: Minervois and Saint Chinian. The village houses are clustered round the old castle which in former times belonged to the Archbishopric of Narbonne. However, the most interesting thing to see in Montouliers is the calade - the perfect example of how village streets used to be built in the Mediterranean region.

A calade is basically a sloping, cobbled street. Generations of farm workers cleared stones from the fields so as to be able to cultivate them. These stones were then used to build roads in the village, ensuring good drainage and avoiding the formation of gullies.

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