It is both the largest and the oldest vineyards of France. The Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard extends on some 240 000 hectares, and its origins go back to the 5e century before our era. In terms of the Languedoc, 70,000 hectares of vineyards give rise to a wide range of names which the hierarchy is changing. The wine region, known for its wines table and mass, operates a major transformation since 30 years. Now, the offer in wines of the Languedoc is structured with products that find and prove, their identity and their quality.
In the South of the France, the vineyards of Languedoc extends between the Mediterranean Sea and the foothills of the Cévennes. It unfolds from West to East between Carcassonne and Nimes. It covers largely the Occitania with a presence in the departments of Aude, Gard and Hérault.
Here, the wine production is largely dominated by the red, more than 70%. Kings grapes syrah, black grenache, Mourvèdre and the cinsault. On the side of whites, chardonnay is the leading variety. Many other varieties are grown in Languedoc, the region had particularly sought to develop local varieties adapted to the climate.
Very extended, the Languedoc vineyards offers many terroirs, between sea and mountain. What gives rise to very different wines from the other, available in three colors: red, white, and pink. The region produces also sparkling wine, including the blanquette of Limoux.
They are very numerous, as the region has a large mosaic of soils. For thirty years, the vineyards of Languedoc sees its appellations prioritize between them in order to structure the production and make it more readable. In summary, the wines are classified according to a pyramidal structure: remains the basis of the generic appellation Languedoc. Flow from the AOC fine wines, the heart of the range, and Languedoc wines, the top of the wine production. There are also several IGP.
Grouped under this generic AOC wines have the entry level of regional production. It replaces the hillsides of the Languedoc appellation. The AOC Languedoc is very broad as it unfolds in Languedoc-Roussillon, from the Spanish border to the gates of Nimes. Wines are available in three colors. Assemblies mainly involve the grenache, syrah, Mourvèdre, carignan and the cinsault.
The Vineyard produces different wines AOC:
The Languedoc appellation has also several denominations geographic, spread of Nîmes to Narbonne and Montpellier and Béziers through:
The high-end of the Languedoc wine production is currently a few names that continue to increase their reputation: