Languedoc-Roussillon is currently one of the world’s most interesting wine making regions (Master of Wine Matthew Stubbs describes it as “the most exciting and spectacular place to make wine on Earth”), and its huge range of wines are widely acknowledged by critics and experts as worthy of attention, awards and accolades.
The only problem – if having a huge range of wines to sample can be called a problem – is getting to grips with it all. With red, white, rosé, sweet or sparkling, plus varietals, AOCs, Vin de Pays, single cépage wines and blends to choose from, where do you start?
Crème de Languedoc can help you find your way through the wine maze. We’ve identified some of the best places you can go, while visiting the region, to get yourself acquainted with Languedoc-Roussillon’s best wines and producers.
We’ve found something for everyone, from casual tourist to wanabee wine connoisseur or well-informed wine buff.
These are places you can visit to pick up wine tips, have a fun day out (with or without the kids – we’ve flagged up some child-friendly options too), do a tasting, take a tour of the cellars, book yourself in for a professional wine education course… or just stay the night in B&B or gîte accommodation within a winery - with bottles of the owner’s wines thrown in for good measure, bien sûr!
For those not in Languedoc-Roussillon or planning a trip to the region any time soon, there is plenty of background reading within our Wine section. You'll find links to all the pages to the right, including the history of Languedoc-Roussillon wine, a run down of the grape varieties grown here, as well as a link to our Wine Tasting page in the Activities Section.
Languedoc-Roussillon wine facts and figures
Ten things you never knew about Languedoc-Roussillon and its wines
- Languedoc-Roussillon is the world’s largest wine-producing region.
- Languedoc’s wine production exceeds that of Bordeaux, of Australia, and that of South Africa and Chile combined
- Languedoc-Roussillon’s wine represents a third of the volume of all French output (in 2006, the region produced 15,750,000 hectolitres of wine, which accounted for 34 per cent of total French output).
- The region comprises some 290,000 hectares of vines, and its annual average production equates to 2,133 million bottles of wine.
- Today, Languedoc-Roussillon’s wine production is all about quality rather than quantity: in just under 20 years, Languedoc has actively reduced its production from an annual average of 29 million hectolitres to 16 million.
Brits love Languedoc’s wines: around 30 per cent of wine produced in Languedoc-Roussillon region is exported, of which some 17 per cent is sold to the UK (the second largest market after Germany).
There are some thirty appellations and crus included within the Languedoc-Roussillon region, including white, red, rosé, sparkling and sweet wines.
- There are roughly 2,800 producers in Languedoc-Roussillon; between them, they make around two billion bottles of wine a year.
- It takes about two and a half pounds (1.13 kilos) of grapes to make a bottle of Languedoc-Roussillon wine.
- Generally, a bottle of wine from Languedoc-Roussillon contains 750 millilitres (25 fluid ounces); it takes 12 bottles of Languedoc wine to make up a case, and there are approximately 85 calories in a four ounce glass of red Languedoc-Roussillon wine.