Since January 2016 the Languedoc and Roussillon wine regions have been grouped together for administrative reasons, becoming a part of the newest region, Occitanie. With over 750,000 acres of vineyards, this region is famous for its diversity and creativity which is admirably reflected in their wines. Occitanie refers to the historical name of the broader region, with 'Oc' meaning 'yes'.
The new Occitanie region also includes the County of Foix and the 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 passion and 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. The Roussillon wine area benefits from such heat due to the surrounding Pyrenees mountains that act as an amphitheatre to trap warmth, creating its own mesoclimate. It is the warmest of France's wine regions and for a long time was considered as a maker of fortified dessert wines and very little else. However this is no longer the case...
With production nearly three times that of Bordeaux, and its admirable evolution to include grape varieties known for quality rather than quantity, some have argued the region is France's response to the 'New World', producing wines as diverse as the region; powerful premium jammy reds, whites that trap the sunshine, and of course their increasingly celebrated sweet wines. The region's wines are increasingly known by sommeliers and wine lovers alike who are seeking to balance quality with exceptional value.