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Languedoc-Roussillon Wine Region In France

The wine growing area of Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the largest areas planted to vines in the world and actually comprises two distinct regions.  The Languedoc area goes from the Rhone down to the Pyrenees mountains along the Mediterranean coastline and Roussillon goes from Perpignan to the Spanish border.

The Languedoc Roussillon area is the oldest wine producing region in France as even the Greeks were making wine 3000 years ago, which was followed by the Romans and then by the monks, that were the heart and soul of wine making from times gone by.

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Languedoc-Roussillon Wine

There are around 50,000 growers in this region, spread over this immense area that produces approximately 2 billion bottles of wine every year.  And although for the most part, they are not usually individual chateaux like you get in Bordeaux for example, the wine produced is normally done as a co-operative where the grapes are purchased from lots of different local growers.

One of the exceptions to this is the wine called Blanquette de Limoux, which originated from the benedictine monks, and is still only produced from the Mauzac grape in the vicinity of the Abbey of Saint Hilaire, but the region makes up around 40 percent of the French wine produced.

With its long history, the climate and the vast fertile land, it is no wonder that wine is a very important part of everyday life in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, and it has been known in the past as France's great wine lake.

Unfortunately, one of the reasons for this, was due to over production of wines and poor quality table wines, although this is changing quite significantly, especially after the government intervened and began to encourage the production of higher quality wines and you can now experience wines to suit every palette.

Some wines are even attaining a status that used to be reserved for the prestigious wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux, which is thanks to some very experienced wine growers and improvements in the whole wine production process. 

It is mainly red wine that is produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon region and a good proportion of it is Vin de Pays, that are great as everyday wines.  But due to the flexibility of the vin de pays classification, wine producers have also been able to experiment with different grape varieties such as syrah and cabernet sauvignon.

And although wine is a very important economy, the tourist industry in the Languedoc-Roussillon region has now made this the major source of income.  And you can no doubt understand why.  The region has such diverse holiday appeal, from historic castles and medieval monasteries to some of the finest beaches in France and with its culture, the fine French food and wine, numerous outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, horse riding and white water rafting, it has so much to offer.   

When you are choosing a wine to accompany a meal, there are the traditional aspects of a red wine with dark meats and a white wine with chicken or fish.  But if you are serving a multiple course meal, then you should also think of the wines that go with each course and you should always work from the lighter wines through to the heavier wines.

Just to give an example, on the red wine you would go from Pinot Noir then Merlot, through to Syrah and then Cabernet Sauvignon and from the traditional Cassoulet stews to a Spanish paella, there is a rich mix of cuisine, with a wine to suit all palettes in this region.

The Languedoc-Roussillon red wines go very well with grilled or roasted meats, sausages and game, whereas a rose is best served with salad, omelette or as an aperitif.   The white wines, as in tradition, are best served with grilled fish, local sea foods and shell fish, so make sure you get to experience some of the traditional French food with the locally produced wine, when you are on holiday in France.  You will not be disappointed.

Languedoc-Roussillon Wine From France

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