Languedoc AOC Grés de Montpellier - Languedoc Wines

AOC Languedoc Grés de Montpellier

Syndicat de l'AOC Languedoc
Mas de Saporta - CS 30030
34973 LATTES Cedex
Tel : 04 67 06 04 44
Fax : 04 67 58 05 15
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Président du Syndicat de l'AOC Grés de Montpellier : Mr Olivier Durand

Production area

The Grés de Montpellier stretch east and west of Montpellier, bounded on the west by the Hérault valley, the Pic Saint-Loup region to the north, the Vidourle valley in the east and the coast to the south.
It is protected from northern influences by the Black Mountain and the Cévennes.
A dry climate refreshed by damp summer sea-breezes encourages early maturity and a well balanced vegetation cycle.
The AC Coteaux du Languedoc-Grés de Montpellier has strict production regulations. The grapes grow on land parcels identified by producers and approved by the INAO.

Production rules

11 March 2003 Decree
46 communes out of the 531 which make up the AOC Languedoc have the right to produce Grés de Montpellier wines.

Grape varieties : Red wines
Principle varieties : Grenache must represent at least 20% of the Appellation registered land. Principle grape varieties must make up at least 70% of Appellation registered land areas. At least two principle grape varieties are required to make up the blend.
Additional varieties Carignan

Alcohol level
Grapes must be picked at full maturity and have an alc/vol level above 12%.

The maximum authorized yield is 45 hectolitres per hectare

Minimum age of young vines
Appellation Coteaux du Languedoc - Grés de Montpellier status can only be granted to young vines after their 9th year for Carignan and their 6th year for other varieties.

Planting density
Minimum planting density is 4400 plants per hectare

Vineyard maintenance
The vines must be hard pruned in one of two ways : "gobelet" (bush) or "cordon de royat" (trunk with two horizontal ‘arms’). Syrah vines and others trained to “cordon de royat” must be trained along parallel wires.

Coteaux du Languedoc – Grés de Montpellier wines may be released for consumption once they have matured for a year.

Superficie en production

  • 12 000 hectares dont 1 000 classés en AOC Languedoc – Grés de Montpellier

Aire de production

  • 46 communes

Nombre de producteurs sur la zone Grés de Montpellier

  • 48 caves particulières
  • 5 caves coopératives

Production annuelle

  • 80 726 hectolitres, dont 5 000 hectolitres en AOC Languedoc-Grés de Montpellier.

Rendement maximum

  • 45 hl/ha


  • vins rouges uniquement


  • quasi exclusivement vente en bouteille