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23 Origin Controlled Wines (AOC)

Here lies a vineyard backed onto the foothills of the Cévennes; over there, another nestling at the foot of the Pyrenees, or perhaps hooked onto the Massif des Corbières, even huddled inside the Montagne Noire amphitheatre [Black Mountain], or simply lying languid on the gentle slopes looking down over the lakes.

Across the 40,000 hectares [≈ 100,000 acres] hosting the 23 Languedoc AOC's, no wine resembles another, the only consistency being the Mediterranean, ever since ancient times, influencing climate and growth: mild winters, hot and dry Indian summers, scents from the scrubland and the winds carrying the sea spray.

30 years of toil has transformed the Languedoc vineyards: Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah have become the popular vine types of new plantations.  Each vine type boasts its own wine-growing, wine-making and wine-assembly methods, providing structured and well-balanced Languedoc A.O.C. wines. [A.O.C. - Appellation d’Origine Controllée = Origin-Controlled Wines].

2007 marked the consecration of all such efforts with the official recognition of appellation régionale AOC Languedoc, The reference name and starting point for the overall reorganisation of Languedoc AOCs, having no less ambition than to become the first AOC of the largest vineyard in the world…

22 Protected Geographical Indication (IGP)

The Protected Geographical Indication, which complies with European regulations, is not just a quality mark - it also symbolises a deep-rooted connection with a particular region

This in turn is reflected in the environmental stewardship to which wine growers are committed, via measures in favour of biodiversity and the enhancement of local landscapes and architectural heritage, for example. Ensuring the long-term future of an IGP and a region’s existence also involves community spirit; it is a story written by the wine growers who live off the land.

The Protected Geographical Indication, which complies with European regulations, is not just a quality mark - it also symbolises a deep-rooted connection with a particular region

Protected Geographical Indication wines, which combine authenticity and creativity, are just setting out on their journey and there is every likelihood that it will be an eventful and exciting one!