Landscapes & Climate
diversity within landscapes and climate
Vineyards in the Languedoc are generally planted along the coastal plains of the Mediterranean while those in the Roussillon are to be found in the narrow valleys around the Pyrenees. The peak growing season (between May and August) is very dry and the majority of annual rainfall occurs during the winter. In the Languedoc, the plains area is the most arid and hottest region of France. The region’s Mediterranean climate is very conducive to growing a large amount of a wide variety of grapes, with vintners in the area excelling in mass production. The average annual temperature is 15°C/59°F and with 320 days of sunshine per year.
– strong Mediterranean influence, abundant sunshine, more lush, riper styles of wine. Home of the famous Picpoul de Pinet white wines for seafood etc.
– closest to Roussillon AOCs, larger amounts of Carignan grape and heart of Corbieres area.
– heart of the region, flatter land, more volume production with Minervois. Saint-Chinian well structured wines.
– mix of continental and Atlantic influences, most sparkling wines found here, higher elevation and more diverse meso- and microclimates. First sparkling wine made in France year 1540.