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Coat of arms of Castelnau-d'Aude
Coat of arms
Castelnau-d'Aude is located in France
Coordinates: 43°13′55″N 2°40′35″E / 43.2319°N 2.6764°E / 43.2319; 2.6764Coordinates: 43°13′55″N 2°40′35″E / 43.2319°N 2.6764°E / 43.2319; 2.6764
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Narbonne
Canton Le Lézignanais
Intercommunality Région Lézignanaise
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Arnal
Area1 7.38 km2 (2.85 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 448
 • Density 61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 11077 /11700
Elevation 39–121 m (128–397 ft)
(avg. 67 m or 220 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Castelnau-d'Aude is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.


The village is equidistant between the cities of Carcassonne and Narbonne in the shadow of the Black Mountains and surrounded by vineyards. A rural paradise, the village remains undiscovered by many from outside the region.


The production of wine has gone on in this area of France for centuries, and the village is surrounded by a fantastic vista of grape vines which positively glow in the extraordinary golden light for which this region is famed.

Castelnau is gifted with a fine winemaking family, Roland and Anne-Marie Coustal, who make wine under the name Terres Georges. The moderate scale of production allows the entire process to be undertaken by hand. Many of the wines from this cave have won awards at the major European French wine festivals. The cave is open to the public for tasting sessions with the winemakers on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 299 —    
1968 338 +13.0%
1975 315 −6.8%
1982 289 −8.3%
1990 335 +15.9%
1999 362 +8.1%
2008 448 +23.8%


For a village of its size, the community is relatively well equipped. Castelnau has some basic facilities including a Mayors office, small Post-office, shop, rugby field, petanque pitch, tennis courts and a beautiful small church.

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