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Languedoc

  • The Languedoc vineyard, producer of wines of great diversity

    Languedoc-Roussillon is a vineyard with a wide variety of wines and is a region in the South of France producing red, white and sparkling wines. The Banyuls, the Maury, and the Muscat are typical wines of this region, and the Mas de Daumas Gassac is, for example, a famous grand cru of Languedoc. The originality of Languedoc-Roussillon wines is due to the diversity of the soils and grape varieties used. On this vast territory, many different grape varieties are used. Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Muscat, Sauvignon, Merlot, Roussanne, Pinot noir, etc., the list of grape varieties used in Languedoc-Roussillon wines is long. The soils can be sandstone, sandy-clay, schistose, limestone, alluvial, marly, etc.


    Improving the quality of Languedoc wines

    The history of Languedoc wines is very old, as for all the French vineyards, but it is the Languedoc climate, very conducive to viticulture, that will anchor it in this region. Historians have found traces of viticulture in the Languedoc region since antiquity. The Greeks cultivated vines in this region. Then the Romans continued this work when they occupied Gaul. More precisely, it is the development of railroads that will allow Languedoc to become one of the largest vineyards in France between the 19th and 20th centuries. However, it was not until later that the Languedoc wines' reputation was to improve, when the winegrowers decided to plant better-quality grape varieties following an outbreak of phylloxera.
    The Languedoc-Roussillon wines are labelled with a multitude of AOCs, there are, for example, more than twenty of them for Languedoc alone.

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