The South of France, you can picture it. The glamour, the sun, the history, and the Languedoc (pronounced “lahng-doc”)

That’s right, the largest single wine region in the world and France’s wine frontier, the Languedoc, is waiting for you. Waiting for you to discover her exciting wines and where adventurous winemakers blend tradition and innovation, making it the country’s most dynamic wine region.

Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains of the Massif Central and the Pyrenees, Languedoc boasts perfect wine growing conditions and a huge range of styles, including red, white, rosé and sparkling wines. In fact, sparkling wine has an even longer tradition here in Languedoc than in Champagne.

This holiday season, discover Blanquette de Limoux and Crémant de Limoux, the two leading sparkling wines of Languedoc. Both are made according to the “méthod traditionnelle,” involving a second fermentation in the bottle. Here’s a bit of history for you, did you know the “méthod traditionnelle” originated in the cellars of Limoux (the region’s sparkling wine center) before it was put into practice in Champagne?

Blanquette includes a high percentage of Mauzac, a grape unique to Languedoc in the blend, while Crémant includes a higher percentage of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Both are delicious, festive and affordable. So spread some cheer this holiday season by celebrating with Languedoc sparkling and still wines. They’ll bring you back to the days of romance and discovery and add some sunny Southern France to your to après holiday!