Languedoc, often described together with the Roussillon, are both together the world's greatest wine region. It covers not less than 300,000 ha and represent between 35-40% of the total French wine production. As in much of southern France, it is the Greeks who began producing wine in the Languedoc. The Romans took over and developed the vineyards and the olive groves in the district. After the Romans, there have been men of the church who have taken over, which over the centuries led to improvements in the farming techniques. Languedoc-Roussillon represents the area that runs from the Camargue in the east along the Mediterranean coast to the west down to the Spanish border. Languedoc ends where Roussillon takes over, at the last French bitten down to Spain.
Geographically, Languedoc-Roussillon appears as a single area in the southwestern part of France's Mediterranean coast. But if you zoom in the details of the district, there will be large differences between the different appellations, the soil types (terroir), the grape varieties and the climates. All kinds of wine is produced here; red, white, rosé and sparkling wines.
Languedoc has long been best known for producing quantity rather than quality, but the district has in recent decades successfully changed its strategy and focused on production quality. Today, there are wonderful wines from this region that possesses ideal conditions for wine production. The Languedoc has several appellations which in recent years have distinguished themselves internationally such as Costières de Nîmes, Faugères, Saint-Chinian, Minervois, Corbières, Fitou and the sparkling Blanquette de Limoux, made around the town of Carcassonne.
It’s a fortifierad town, not the least known from the filming of Robin Hood with Kevin Costner. Vine varieties used for wine from the Languedoc varies from Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Lesser known, but typical of the region are Cot, Malbec, Chenin and Rolle (Vermentino).