Roubia, a working Minervois wine village on the banks of the Canal du Midi
Set in the middle of the World's largest wine producing area, it is not surprising that wine is at the heart of Roubia's history and current day life. With four wine producers in the village, as well as a large wine cooperative for those vignerons who don't have enough grapes to make their own wine, it is fair to say that it dominates life here. There is, however, an Olive Oil (the region's other great product), producer in the village as well. With the most beautiful stretch of the world famous Canal du Midi flowing past the village, the community is thriving and vibrant, with a school, hairdresser, two restaurants and bars, a shop, Post Office and even a Market Garden and store.
Between the house and the Canal, fifty metres from your front gates, is the village shop, Lou Mercat. As a Depot de Pain you can buy Croissants, Pain au Chocolat and Pain au Raisins for breakfast along with your iconic Baguette. The shop is far more than this, though, with an excellent range of meats and cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as all of the everyday essentials from jam to toothpaste, from Spirits to biscuits and most things you would need. The prices are very comparable to a supermarket. The shop is open from 8.00 am to Noon, and then from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm every day apart from Sunday when it is open just from 8.00 am till Noon.
Bars & Restaurants
Lou Mercat is also home to one of the villages' restaurants, offering good quality food from local specialities to more international offerings. You can eat indoors or sat outside on the banks of the canal. Alternatively they have a large Pizza oven. Or you could just pop in for a drink at the bar after a long day sightseeing to gossip with the proprietor Freddie.
The villages' other Bar and Restaurant is La Fourchette Folle. Owned by Nathalie, it is set in the heart of the village, a gentle hundred metres or so stroll round the church from the house. They are open every day. They have a cosy bar and a lovely outside terrace in the Place du Cadran Soleil. They offer excellent value fixed price lunchtime menus.