Riberach is an exceptional establishment: the village of Bélesta’s former wine cooperative in the Roussillon has been entirely remodelled to allow the public to benefit from a top of the range hotel and gastronomic restaurant which preserves the site’s historical and viticultural character.
The former winery is divided into three parts: the vinification cellars of Domaine Riberach, the contemporary design Hotel with rooms inside and above the old wine vats, and the ‘La Coopérative’ restaurant that opens onto a Mediterranean garden and surrounding vineyards. Between sea and mountains, in this ex-cathedral of wine, wine tourism and wine tasting themed breaks are proposed: to be shared and above all to be savoured …
Welcome, wine and gastronomy in one location. A fusion of ideas and people: Riberach Hotel – Winery – Restaurant “La Coopérative”.
The hotel offers a restaurant. Guest parking is complimentary. Event facilities consist of conference/meeting rooms and small meeting rooms. Additional amenities include a library, multilingual staff, and tour/ticket assistance.
• Air-conditioned public areas.
• Fax machine.
• Restaurant(s) in hotel.
• Total number of rooms – 18.
• Tours/ticket assistance.
Rooms: More than a luxury hotel, Riberach Hotel is a ‘design’ establishment unique in the Roussillon offering 18 rooms, including 9 suites, inside and above the old vinification vats. Each room has been originally conceived to give a unique ambience: lighting, colours and materials affirm the austere aspect of the vats while reflecting a resolutely contemporary Mediterranean style. Terraces and gardens complete the absolutely unique setting.
All our rooms are equipped with a mini-bar, a safe, wired Internet access, flat screen TV and direct line telephone. Please note that one room has been specially adapted to receive people with reduced mobility.
Restaurant: In the heart of the wine cellar, 50 place settings are laid out where the old wine presses stood and where the harvest was once received. A large, shaded terrace opens out onto a hilly landscape and vineyards. Chef Laurent Lemal showcases fresh, seasonal produce and proposes an instinctive and contemporary style of Mediterranean-flavoured cooking in his restaurant “La Coopérative”.
Wine Interest & Activities
Dominating the Roussillon’s plain from 370 m in altitude, Bélesta de la Frontière is a reminder that Spain is never very far away. Here, from the heights of the Fenouillèdes massif, where the fresh Tramontane wind blows, with the Pyrenees in the background and the sea at its feet, vines have been cultivated from time immemorial.
Riberach, the men – Winemaker Jean-Michel Mailloles, cellar-master Patrick Rodrigues, sommelier Moritz Herzog, and architect and “spiritus rector” Luc Richard.
Riberach, an idea – Our wines express the ancestral culture of the region. To achieve this, we are dedicated to working with the Roussillon’s traditional grape varieties. Grenache, Syrah and Carignan have become our creed, to which we marry tradition, modernity and individuality in order to express the uniqueness and incomparable character of an unadulterated truth.
Riberach, the flavours – Each grape variety is presented to you in its naked simplicity in order to capture its own philosophy.
Between sea and mountain, the Roussillon harbours an infinite variety of terroirs that give birth to wines of exception.
In this former wine cooperative, where the wines of the Roussillon have been nurtured for around 70 years , wine tourism activities are a must:
– Vineyard visits and tastings:
Discover in depth how a wine estate works, from the vine to the cellar, and learn all the secrets of winemaking (well, almost all…), and share the knowledge of our winemakers.
– Wine-related itineraries:
Maury, Rivesaltes, Collioure, Banyuls, Côtes du Roussillon, all these appellations refer to as many different wines, each different from the others, each merits a detour.
Tasting & winemaking:
The Riberach Cellar team offers you:
– Initiation and mastering wine tasting:
Beginners or experts, you will learn to taste and understand wine better. You’ll also learn to appreciate the Roussillon’s different terroirs and appellations.
– Discover winemaking and the secrets of oenology in the cellar:
Discover what happens in the wine cellar, from harvesting to blending, including vinification and maturing, thanks to an expert œnologue’s know-how.
– Harvest experiences:
Your chance to participate actively in the year’s grape harvest and to share a unique moment of conviviality.
Bélesta is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon, in the heart of the Pyrénées-Orientales, at the centre of a triangle defined by Montpellier/Barcelona/Toulouse.
The location of Bélesta de la Frontière:
– Languedoc-Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales
– 30 km west of Perpignan
– Altitude: 370m
– 210 inhabitants
– 300 days of sunshine per year
– GPS Latitude: 42.71 Longitude: 2.60.
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