The economic development of Sallèles-d’Aude

Ideally located near the sea and divided by the Canal de Jonction, Sallèles-d’Aude has always been focusing its economy on its rich water past. It has evolved however to concentrate on tourism and quality products.

A little history...

Over 2,000 years ago Sallèles-d’Aude was already economically developed. Actually, it was already one of the biggest Gallo-Roman potters villages and exported its creations (amphorae, ceramics, tiles, bricks and oil lamps) all over Europe.

Later, when the Canal de Jonction was completed, the local economy was profoundly changed. The water activity became more important until its peak in the 19th century. One could come across a lot of different people on the Canal de Jonction starting with lock keepers, bargemen, pinardiers (boats used to transport wine), barge repairmen, fishermen and wine traders such as the Établissements Passemar or later the Établissements Castel Frères. In 1969, Jean Castel decided to set up his regional branch in Sallèles-d’Aude, particularly thanks to its transport routes (water, roads and railways).

Today, Sallèles-d'Aude’s economic development revolves mainly around tourism and the Canal.


Viticulture is still today one of the main activities in Sallèles-d’Aude. Winegrowers offer quality wines but decided to diversify and offer tourist housing options such as gîtes and guestrooms.

Néotera, a winegrowers’ cooperative both effective and generous

Néotera, a winegrowers’ cooperative located in Ouveillan, gathers winegrowers of the Narbonne region, namely four villages: Narbonne, Ouveillan, Sallèles-d’Aude and Vinassan.

It produces yearly 120,000 hectolitres that are harvested by 300 partners on about 1,500 hectares of land. For many years, Néotera has been committing to quality as well as to being at the cutting edge of technological evolution. It is today one of the biggest cooperatives in Southern France.

A unique terroir

Located in the middle of the Corbières, Minervois and Clape regions, this terroir takes full advantage of its seaside influence but also from the freshness of the continent thanks to the protection of the Montagne Noire. Composed of several types of soil and climate, this terroir offers a diversity that can also be found in its wine.

Winegrowers literally worship their soil and work with passion. They still follow a principle that modern times taught them. A lower yield but a higher quality while respecting the environment ensure great wines such as the appellation Quatourze.

The industrial/trading estate of Truilhas

The estate of Truilhas hosts 7 different companies, some of which are quite important. For instance, you can find the Toulousaine des Farines and Carayon, several cooperatives (Audecoop and Somail et Fruits), a phytosanitary products storage plant (EDN), a smithery (Assemat) and a laboratory specialized in geotechnical and hydrogeological engineering (Hydrogéotechnique).

The commercial zone

The commercial zone is now fully functional. It started in 2011 with the inauguration of a supermarket and there are now several shops in this area. People from Sallèles-d’Aude and its surroundings can now find an optician, a hairdresser but also a technical check facility.

The shopping area still has vacancies for rent so that other shops can easily open and benefit from the attractiveness of the supermarket and the existing shops.