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About us


Jean-Luc Patard, originally from the Loire Valley, founded Le Petit Ecole de Vin in 1992 in Limoux.  Over the years he has built up invaluable knowledgeand contacts in the area and commands respect from the winegrowers who work with him, for his knowledge of their work and his appreciation of their products.  A part-time professional musician, he is known to treat our clients to Occitan singing in chapels and after dinner guitar playing.

“I just wanted to thank you for playing such a big part in making our holiday such a success. Alan and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. You gave us such a variety of visits to wineries and places of interest. We saw so much of your beautiful area. Please thank Jean-Luc for us too. Perhaps we will enjoy another holiday with you before too long”(Alan & Glynis UK) 


Alison Judge has been in the Aude for 15 years in the tourism sector and can be seen driving all over the region in vehicles ranging from 8 seater minibuses to luxury coaches. In fact the narrower the road the more she enjoys the experience!  Her motivation is to show visitors not only varied dramatic landscapes but to meet the real actors in the area, whose hard work and passion mean that we are all able to share the in the top quality products this region has to offer.

They have been working together as a team since 2009, each with their in-depth knowledge complementing the other’s specialist area. [expander_maker id=”2″ more=”continue reading” less=”Read less”]   Many of Alison’s clients asked about the vineyards they saw while visiting the region and she realised there was a great potential to offer wine tours, but with a difference.  The idea was to introduce visitors to the smaller independent producers, those who were really interested in a sustainable model for the industry and who had a vision of the future, in which the wine of this region is a leader in quality, while keeping it’s distinctive character. Jean-Luc was perfectly placed to become the wine tour designer and the adventure began!  By focusing on quality, with small groups, we are proud to give our clients a privileged, close-up experience of the fascinating world of wine, as well as a chance to taste wonderful locally-produced food  and learn about the area’s rich history and culture.  [/expander_maker]
“We are now back in the UK after a ‘flying’ visit to Carcassonne.
Many thanks for arranging the tour on Sept 16th and our special thanks to Jean-Luc for being such a great driver and Tour Manager!! “(Paddy C, Ireland)