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languedoc wine region mapThe Languedoc-Roussillon region of France stretches from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Sea.

Vineyards in the Languedoc are generally planted along the coastal plains of the Mediterranean while those in the Roussillon are found in the narrow valleys around the Pyrenees.

It's location in the south of France makes Languedoc-Roussillon one of the hottest and driest wine regions in the country.

The area is home to the appellations of Corbières, Coteaux du Languedoc, Minervois, Saint-Chinian (red and rose only), Faugères (red and rose only), Minervois La Livinière, Fitou, Cabardès, Malepère, Clairette du Languedoc, Les Muscats and Limoux (sparkling wines).

Syrah is among the major grapes grown in this area along with Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Lladoner Pelut and Piquepoul, used in making the red and rosé wines.

The basis for the whites are Grenache blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Maccabeu, Marsanne, Muscat, Roussanne, Vermentino and Rolle.

Piquepoul grapes are used to make Picpoul de Pinet, a specialty of the Coteaux du Languedoc region.

With a traditional reputation for producing mostly red table wines, the Languedoc's recent past has seen a focus on quality over quantity, and the wine lovers of the world have noticed the change...


More information about Languedoc-Roussilon wines around the Web:

 

The Wines of Languedoc-Roussillon - Check out Food & Wine Magazine's take on the wines of the region with explanations of various labels, main reds and whites, with food pairing tips, photos.

Languedoc Sensations - This beautifully done site is the official online home to the Conseil interprofessionnel des vins du Languedoc and provides information on each of the appellations in the region.

Discovering the Wines of Faugeres - Part of the Languedoc region of France, up to the end of the 19th Century Faugeres produced red wines known for their quality, but was best know for the brandy, "La Fine de Faugeres." Faugeres was granted VDQS status on the 18th of May 1955 and on the 5th of May 1982, the area achieved AOC status for red and rose wines produced mainly from Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan grape varieties.


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