Languedoc-Roussillon Wine Region Guide

Where Pioneering Vintners and Time-Honored Traditions Craft Wines of Distinction


Last updated: March 19, 2024


Adventurous pioneers and the many new small producers have firmly established the Languedoc on France’s quality wine map, once associated with mass production and gallons of plonk. They continue to push the boundaries of what can be achieved here without propelling prices to the stratosphere. The transformation here is unique in France, as the Languedoc learns it cannot rest on its laurels if it wants to compete in a globalized marketplace.

Think of the region as a more rugged and wild Provence; it is a land of bullfighting, rugby, garrigue, and powerful red wines. It boasts the vibrant capital of Montpellier, sun-baked Nimes, and fairy-tale Carcassonne. Meanwhile, deeper inland, you’ll find a continuation of the Massif Central, sparsely populated mountain terrain home to some of the region’s most celebrated terroirs. They yield red wines of such potency and spicy concentration that even winegrowers in the Southern Rhone are beginning to invest in the vineyards of Minervois and La Clape.

Yet this is just the beginning: the Languedoc has over ten distinct appellations, and the increasingly reliable IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) Pays d’Oc. This enables growers to market various wine styles – white, rosé, dessert, and sparkling wines are all up for grabs. Some of these wines have become household names in markets like the US and UK. In the Languedoc, individual brands carry as much weight as the land.

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