French holiday home to rent in Aude , Languedoc Roussillon , South France

French vacation home in Rieux Minervois , Aude , Languedoc Roussillon , South France

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Wines From The Languedoc

Languedoc wines are the largest contributor to France still being one of the world's leading wine producers.

The table below gives you an idea of the statistics involved in wine making for this region.

Size of the vineyards:
160,00 hectares (400 acres) including 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) in AOC
Vineyards:
50,000 vine growers working with 400 co-ops (70% of the regional production) 2,800 private wineries
Soil:
Mainly limestone, sandstone, pebbles, granite can also be found
Weather:
Mediterranean mild winter and hot summer
Red grapes in Languedoc Roussillon:
Carignan Grenache Syrah Cinsault Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Mourvedre
White grapes in Languedoc Roussillon:
Clairette Roussane Marsanne Ugni Blanc Bourboulenc Viognier Chardonnay
Production:
Over 2 billion bottles, less than 25% in AOC, 50% vin de pays, over 25% vin de table
Type of wine:
Dry and fruity rose wine also dry white wine - red wine - sweet wine

A huge variety of reds, whites and roses are found everywhere you travel in the Languedoc. It seems as though it's impossible to drive for more than a few yards without seeing a vineyard, a cave cooperative, or just a small producer selling his own wine from a garage next door to his house.

Wine is often drunk with lunch and dinner throughout the region, with good local wines in restaurants often costing less than a lemonade or Coca Cola. Go into any supermarket and you'll find a good selection of well regarded local wines for around 3 or 4 euros a bottle. But part of the joy of discovering the Languedoc wines is to see where they come from and how they are made.
For this you need to visit one of the many wine domaines of Languedoc. Take a drive along wonderful tree-lined roads away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches and the towns, and discover exactly what it is you've been drinking. Most domaines offer tasting, so you can try before you buy.

Sip a couple of different reds, whites or roses and perhaps make up your own case with a couple of each. It's a much nicer way to choose your wine than by simply looking for an attractive label or reading about it in a book.