Languedoc-roussillon Wine

 

This incredibly diverse region produces about a quarter of all the wine made in France, but only about ten percent of its AC wines. It’s a huge area that encompasses dozens of wine styles, varieties, and microclimates.

It is also the main site of the “crise viticole.” Historically, this region has been dominated by peasant farmers who grew grapes in quantity and sold them to the local cooperative. However, with increased competition from abroad, many of these farmers have found themselves unable to make a living. Some solutions have been vine-pull schemes and mandatory distillation. A few farmers have turned to protest and sabotage to draw attention to their plight.

One approach to the crisis has been encouraging the production of high-quality wines. Carignan, the region’s workhorse grape, has greatly decreased in acreage and been replaced by more prestigious varieties.

The Languedoc-Roussillon is really two regions. The Languedoc is historically Occitan, while Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Languedoc-roussillon View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Languedoc-roussillon

  • Roussillon

    The Roussillon is a giant wine-producing region in the south of France. With the Languedoc, it ...

  • Beziers

  • Languedoc

      The people of this region once spoke Occitan, in which one said “oc” instead of “oui” to m...

Popular Wineries in Languedoc-roussillon View all

  • Château de Cabriac

    The Château Cabriac is found in Corbières facing the Black mountain, in the foothills of the Ceve...

  • Mas de Daumas Gassac

    Way back in 780 CE, Charlemagne’s advisor, Saint Benedict of Aniane, founded the first vineyard i...

  • Château Maris

    British bio-dynamic wine maker Robert Eden has built the world’s first hemp cellar in the Cru ...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • La Forge Estate

    Domaines Paul Mas arc located in the Languedoc region in the South of France. They are made of I7...

  • Sacha Lichine

    Sacha Lichine has continued with the family tradition for innovation, by drawing on his wide expe...

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