The Aude is named after the river that flows through it. Although it was created as a department in 1790, there are traces of human life dating back to more than a million years BC. The Romans settled here. The Visigoths invaded. It was one of the cradles of Catharism. A wine-growing area with contrasting landscapes, its vast territory allows you to be at the beach in the morning and in the mountains in the afternoon... or the other way round ! With its strong culture, traditions and heritage, the Aude and its 370,000 inhabitants cultivate with passion a unique way of life while looking resolutely to the future.