During the Middle Ages, a large chateau and watch-tower were
built on the hillside to guard against sacking and pillaging
by invaders. The watch-tower is now the belltower for Castelnau
d'Aude's church. (You can leave your watch at home - the bells
faithfully chime every hour and half-hour.)
After the French Revolution, the village began to take its
current form -- many of its homes date from the last 200 years.
The planting of vineyards began in earnest at about 1900 --
and today, viticulture is still Castelnau d'Aude's primary
Every weekday, different butchers, bakers and farmers bring
their specialties by truck to the village's market square
near the town hall and post office.
The neighboring village of La Redorte, 1km from Castelnau
d'Aude, offers easy access to a wider range of services,
including a large supermarket, gas station, ATM machine,
cafes and restaurants.