For centuries, the village was mainly concerned with agriculture and wine production. These activities have declined over time but the town still retains a cooperative winery and two farms.
Another local resource is stone and Saint-Jean-de-Védas had three quarries. Well known for its hardness, it was used for the construction of the Arceaux aqueduct in Montpellier and the mansions of the rich in the village.
Saint-Jean-de-Védas has plenty of fine walks, with the Terral estate being particularly popular in this respect and providing many possibilities.
A vast park of three hectares, it comprises an English garden, an ancient pine forest and a scented garden. At the entrance to the estate is the Chai du Terral, a theatrical centre offering a varied cultural program that includes drama, dance and music...
There are also three natural areas to discover : the Gardiole Hills, the garrigue(scrubland) of the Lauze and the Mosson valley which extends from Grabels. The area is classified as of natural ecological, floral and faunal interest (ZNIEFF) and contains numerous species, including dragonflies, cistude turtles, otters and the European Roller, an endangered bird of turquoise hue.
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