Protected Geographical Indication
South of France PGIs account for 14% of sales of wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon area (24% of PGI wines). Most of them are made and sold as reds (51%) although over the past few years, the share of rosé wines has increased significantly (39% compared with 18% in the 1990s). 81% of sales are departmental PGIs (Aude, Gard, Pays d’Hérault) and 22% local designations. Incidentally, of the 16 local designations, 6 account for 77% of sales volumes
90% of the Languedoc-Roussillon area’s 235,000 hectares under vine are classed as AOC or PGI, making it France’s foremost region for geographical indication wines.
11.7 million hectolitres were produced by the region in 2014, including 8.1 million of PGI; 2.2 million of Languedoc AOC and 0.4 m of Roussillon AOC; 1 million of wines without a GI.
A growing market
For the past decade or so, bottled wine and cellar door sales have constantly increased, enhancing product value.
An important economic fabric
2,500 wine firms, 400 shipping companies