Valmagne Abbey (fr. Abbaye de Valmagne) is a former Benedictine monastery located near Villeveyrac, Hérault department, in south-central France (Occitania).

It is a designated historic monument. The abbey of Valmagne is one of the most beautiful Cistercian abbeys in France but also one of the oldest vineyards in Languedoc.

Valmagne Abbey was founded in 1138 by Raymond Trencavel, Vicomte de Béziers, with monks from the Benedictine monastery of Sainte-Marie d’Ardorel near Albi.

In 1145 the second abbot, Pierre, requested that the abbey be placed under the authority of the Cistercian movement. Trencavel opposed the request but in 1159 Pope Hadrian IV affirmed the affiliation and the abbey took on the law of Saint Bernard, as a daughter house of Bonnevaux Abbey.

The vineyard of the Abbey of Valmagne dates back to 1139.

When the Cistercian monks were looking for a location to install a new abbey, they relied on three criteria: access to water, absolute calm and great terroir.

Their knowledge of the land had proven its worth in Burgundy: Chambolle-Musigny, Clos Vougeot, Romanée-Conti came from the work and talent of the monks in the 12th century.

Working hours of the Abbey


Open every lunchtime (except Monday).
In July and August, open in the evenings for concerts and nocturnal tours.

Wine testing

Wine tasting from Tuesday to Sunday from 10h to 19h.
Closed on Mondays, except Mondays in July, August and September.

Restaurant “Ferme Auberge”
Open every lunchtime (except Monday).
In July and August, opening during concerts and nocturnal visits.

Abbey tours and wine tasting: Tuesday to Saturday from 2pm to 6pm.
Sundays and Holidays and bank holidays: from 10am to 6pm.

Closed on Mondays.

Address: Route de Montagnac, 34 560 Villeveyrac

Coordinates: 43°29′12.97″N 3°33′44.19″E

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From Paris: 7 hr 39 min (741 km) via A71 and A75

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From Monaco: 4 hr (382 km) via A8

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From Belgrade: 17 hr 20 min (1,685 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 28 hr (2,635 km) via E70

From Bern: 6 hr 19 min (640 km) via A1

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