In Gallo-Roman times, close to the VIA DOMITIA, the village of Pinet was probably a villa and a group of barns. It was
then called PINETUM. Prior to the Roman conquest the Via Domitia was known as the HERACLIIAN Way taking
Iberians, Ligurians and Celtes from Spain as far as Italy. Today it border's the villages of Castelnau de Guers and Pinet
and if you follow it for a while, you will discover panoramic views of exceptional beauty with the Etang de Thau and
Mont St Clair as a backdrop.
In the church of St. Simeon at Pinet is an unusual mechanized crib which also displays scenes of local life and activities.
The region of PICPOUL DE PINET has been inhabited since time immemorial. The land's rich with rocky soil and
hillsides producing a sunny and noble wine, PIQUEPOUL, at the origin of today's equally noble PICPOUL DE PINET.
There were vineyards around the Thau lagoon more than 2000 years ago. Some vineyard have kept the same boundaries over the years and the same exposure to this day.
In 1773, Turgot (Louis XVI's Minister) appointed the PICPOUL vines and ordered that each barrel from the Pinet area should be may be with his crest.
In 1860, during the reign of Napoleon III, Picpoul de Pinet was already fashionable, as seen in a painting in the
In 1946, Picpoul de Pinet was classified as VDQS (Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure).
Today, the vines are pruned low and produce small, golden, oval-shaped grapes and in 1985 became AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée).
The region of AOC Coteaux du Languedoc - Picpoul de Pinet includes the towns of Castelnau de Guers, FIorensac, Mèze, Montagnac, Pomerols and Pinet.