5 things you should know about Languedoc Wines

1-The largest vineyard in France

The vineyard covers a surface of 228 000 ha and thus makes 1/3 of the wines produced in France. The region cultivates mostly red grapes (80%) for the production of red and rosé wines but the white production has recently been growing. You can try for example the famous crisp white wine Picpoul de Pinet with your oysters and shell fish!

2-The kingdom of diversity

The Languedoc vineyard extending from the border of Spain to Nîmes covers a large range of soils, which give its specificity to the different terroirs of each appellation. You can also find a vast number of grape varities beyond the traditional syrah, grenache, mourvedre and carignan, such uncommon grapes as Marselan, Picpoul de Pinet, Caladoc, Macabeu, Terret etc…

3-Leader for organic wine production in France

Considering the number of estates as well as its surface, with 16500 ha of organic vines Languedoc stands before Provence (11200ha) and Aquitaine (7700ha). Indeed, the Languedoc region benefits from a Mediterranean climate perfectly suited for organic wine production: milder and less humid with wind (mistral and tramontane), which naturally dries out the leaves. It is the perfect climate to protect the vineyard from the common parasitic diseases such as oïdium and mildiou. Montpellier welcomes the larger organic wine fair in the world : the Millesime Bio fair.

4-A creativ region

The Languedoc can claim the oldest sparkling wine in the world with the “Blanquette de Limoux” beeing discovered by the Benedictine monks of the Abbaye de Saint Hilaire in 1531. Also the process of “mutage” which consits of adding pure alcohol to the must to stop the fermentation and thus keep the natural sugar in the wine has been invented by Arnaud de Villeneuve in 1258. This process is used to produce our famous natural sweet wines made out of Muscat or Grenache noir such as Banyuls, Maury or Muscat de Rivesaltes

5-A paradise for wine tourism

Nowadays, Languedoc-Roussillon welcomes more than 600 000 wine tourists per year, which makes it the 4th region for wine tourism after Bordeaux, Alsace and Champagne. The region have numerous assets to offer: sun, spectacular and varied scenery, good food, history and of course its wines gaining year after year a well deserved recognition