The Languedoc region in southern France - has a very long and colourful history with grapes and wine. The Greeks around 550 BC are thought to have planted the first grape vines in the area. A long time before the Romans arrived, although they dramatically improved the winemaking process. The regional area of Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence is an extemely large wine area, stretching all the way from the Spanish border, along the Mediterranean almost across to the Italian border.
It is one of the biggest wine-growing regions in the world (with 212,000 ha in 2015), covering approximately a third of France's vineyard area, producing outstanding wines in a perfect grape growing climate and terrain that extends from the sea to the mountains.

 

There are 15 main wine regions (each region made up of many smaller domains) in Languedoc-Roussillon, southern France. The soils and 'terroirs' in this huge area are extremely varied, ranging from; Schist, Sandstone, Marl, Gravel, Pebbles, Limestone, to Granite and Alluvial soils, resulting in the making of a large number of different styles of wine.

Also planted across the vast area are many different grape varietals, the reds include; Carignon (some of the oldest vines in France are Carignan grapes), Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
The white wine grape varietals include; Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Marsanne, Roussanne, Vermantino, Mauzac, Chenin, Rolle and Clairette.

In the past this area was infamous for its' poorer quality viticulture with over production and high yields producing large volumes of 'vin-de-table' wines. This is no longer the case, yields have been significantly reduced and quality is now the name of the game.
Whether it be a personal preference, a new interest in the region, a surprise or gift for a friend, or a wine that fits the occasion and cuisine being served - I am sure your taste buds will enjoy the journey of discovery.