And just to give you an idea, Languedoc-Roussillon region is about 30 times smaller than New South Wales, so vineyards are simply everywhere! I miss the very unique landscape: a mix of coat line (Mediterranean), mountains (Pyrenees) and vines and realise how lucky I have been to grow up in such a special place.
Wine making and wine appreciation is part of everyone's life in France and in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Both my parents' family had vines and made their own blend each year.
What makes wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon so unique
- An incredible variety of soil types: vast pebble terraces, sandstone and calcareous clay, limestone and shale, clayey soils, sandy soils, etc.
- A typically-Mediterranean climate: In the Languedoc, one of the most Southern regions of the country, the climate is essentially Mediterranean (similar to Spain, Italy, Greece and North Africa). Summers are hot and dry (very much like in Sydney) with spring and autumn being rather warm. Winters are also quite mild and mostly sunny with temperatures rarely falling below 0°C. Rainfall is among the lowest in France in some areas and the strong wind helps dry the grapes and prevent disease.
- The history of the Languedoc vineyard begins with the Greeks, when the vine was introduced in the 5th Century B.C. And like many other French vineyards, it developed considerably under the impetus of the Romans, having taken up the torch as fine connoisseurs of vine cultivation of their state. Since then, the wine-growing industry has played a significant role in the regional economy.
- Most Languedoc-Roussillon red wines are blends
- They are 12 AOCs (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée - Origin-Controlled Wine) labels just in the Languedoc-Roussillon region itself (including Minervois, Corbieres, Limoux etc).
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