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Languedoc : a land of vineyards

Languedoc is a land of vines and wines. The Languedoc wine-growing area is the most extensive in the world, reaching from the foothills of the Massif Central to the Mediterranean.
It is also France’s oldest wine region.

The landscapes that surround the small villages have been shaped by our great wine-growers.
In Languedoc, there are vineyards everywhere.

Vignoble de Saint-Chinian - Hérault, le Languedoc © J. DEBRU

Vineyards were already flourishing in Languedoc before the Romans extended their empire around the Mediterranean. In the Dark Ages the abbeys rescued wine-growing from oblivion. Valmagne Abbey is the finest example of this. Highly praised in the 16th century by Rabelais, and later eulogised by Voltaire, the wines of Frontignan, Mireval and Saint-Georges-d’Orques were dispatched to every corner of the kingdom and as far away as the court of the queen of Hungary. The Canal du Midi and the railway help
to spread the fame of Languedoc wines.

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Today, the wines of Languedoc are divided into five major AOCs (Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée, or Controled Designation of Origin):

-Languedoc,
-Faugères,
-Saint-Chinian,
-Minervois,
-Clairette du Languedoc,

and four naturally sweet wine AOCs:
- Frontignan muscats,
- Lunel muscats,
- Mireval muscats,
- Saint-Jean-de-Minervois muscats.

A major part of the production is made up of IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée, or Protected Geographical Indication) wines, some of which enjoy a worldwide reputation.

The character of Languedoc wines derives from a unique combination of very varied soils, ranging from sandstone to schist and including clay and limestone soils.

A climate favourable to good ripening with moderate rainfall and plenty of sunshine helps a lot. But just as important are the skills of the devoted wine-growers, handed down from generation to generation for more than two thousand years, plus their knowledge of how to make the most of the various varieties to blend wines just as a composer blends instruments to construct a symphony.

The vines of Languedoc spread their roots across the region, a vital thread uniting
the immense variety of the landscapes of Languedoc.

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