Limoux is the home of sparkling wines. Historians believe that in 1531, long before corks were popping in Champagne, monks in the abbey of Saint-Hilaire near Limoux had invented the sparkling wine still made there:Blanquette de Limoux. Antech (pronounced “Anne –Tash”) has been part of this tradition since the late19th century. Antech has been a family winery from the start. Françoise Antech is the 6th generation of her family to run the estate and winery and is dedicated to making wine worthy of their legacy. Françoise attributes her wines’ unique character to the three terroirs that influence her vineyards:the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean Sea, and that sea’s hinterland. The results are fantastic wines that balance freshness with sweet and savoury elements. Antech has a wide-ranging and fully integrated policy of sustainability. When we visited, Françoise Antech told us she wants to make wines that benefit the land, her customers, her employees and future generations, as well as her family and herself.