Since January 2016 the Languedoc and Roussillon wine regions have been grouped together for administrative reasons, being a part of the newest region, Occitanie. With over 750,000 acres of vineyards, this region is famous for the diversity and creativity which is reflected in their wines. Occitanie refers to the historical name of the broader region, with 'Oc' meaning 'yes'. The new Occitanie also includes the County of Foix and Haute-Guyenne areas.
The Languedoc wine region is an area stretching from Nimes in the north to Perpignan in the south and all along the Mediterranean Sea. Languedoc wine was neglected for a long time, but within the last decade it has emerged as an area full of potential. Most Languedoc wine producers tend to be small, independent and passionate in the art of winemaking.
The Roussillon wine region stretches from South of Port Vendres, virtually in Spain, to some 30 miles north of Perpignan. It is the warmest of France's wine regions and for a long time was considered as the maker of fortified dessert wines and very little else. The Roussillon wine area benefits from such heat due to the surrounding Pyrenees mountains that act as an amphitheatre to trap warm and create its own mesoclimate.