Castelnau-d'Aude

Castelnau-d'Aude (French pronunciation: [kastɛlno dod] (About this soundlisten); Occitan: Castèlnòu d'Aude) is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.

Castelnau-d'Aude
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Coat of arms of Castelnau-d'Aude
Location of Castelnau-d'Aude
Castelnau-d'Aude is located in France
Castelnau-d'Aude
Castelnau-d'Aude
Castelnau-d'Aude is located in Occitanie
Castelnau-d'Aude
Castelnau-d'Aude
Coordinates: 43°13′55″N 2°40′35″E / 43.2319°N 2.6764°E / 43.2319; 2.6764Coordinates: 43°13′55″N 2°40′35″E / 43.2319°N 2.6764°E / 43.2319; 2.6764
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentAude
ArrondissementNarbonne
CantonLe Lézignanais
IntercommunalityRégion Lézignanaise, Corbières et Minervois
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Raymond Bru
Area
1
7.38 km2 (2.85 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
497
 • Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
11077 /11700
Elevation39–121 m (128–397 ft)
(avg. 67 m or 220 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

LocationEdit

The village is equidistant between the cities of Carcassonne and Narbonne in the shadow of the Black Mountains and surrounded by vineyards. A rural paradise, the village remains undiscovered by many from outside the region.

WinemakingEdit

The production of wine has gone on in this area of France for centuries, and the village is surrounded by a fantastic vista of grape vines which positively glow in the extraordinary golden light for which this region is famed.

Castelnau is gifted with a fine winemaking family, Roland and Anne-Marie Coustal, who make wine under the name Terres Georges. The moderate scale of production allows the entire process to be undertaken by hand. Many of the wines from this cave have won awards at the major European French wine festivals. The cave is open to the public for tasting sessions with the winemakers on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962299—    
1968338+13.0%
1975315−6.8%
1982289−8.3%
1990335+15.9%
1999362+8.1%
2008448+23.8%

FacilitiesEdit

For a village of its size, the community is relatively well equipped. Castelnau has some basic facilities including a Mayors office, small Post-office, shop, rugby field, petanque pitch, tennis courts and a beautiful small church.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2018". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2020.

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