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The Languedoc-Roussillon region has gone from wine 'factory' to a producer of some of France's best wines. The books below cover the history of the region's wine industry, and explore the area's terroir, grape varieties, wine-making methods and its most exciting domaines.

The Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon

Superb book on the wines of the Languedoc - from wine expert and tour guide Wendy Gedney.



'The Wines of the Languedoc-Rousillon' by Wendy Gedney is a result of her close personal contact with the region and many of its wine makers. It's a beautifully presented book full of illustrations that fill you with unidentified nostalgia. It is bursting with Languedoc-Rousillon wine, food and cultural information that is fun to absorb. But the real beauty of Wendy's book is her passion for this unique landscape and her love of its wines. The book describes the history of the wines, the terroirs and grape varieties and their effect on wine styles. It demystifies the wine laws of France and describes every appellation in the Languedoc-Rousillon and the highly important Vins de Pays category.

The Wines of the South of France

Rosemary George. 752 pages. 2003.





Known traditionally for its dramatic landscapes, the South of France is becoming one of the most vibrant and exciting of French vineyard areas. Every key wine area is covered from Banyuls on the Spanish border to the island of Corsica. The key wine producers and their wines are featured, with details of the regions, laws and grape varieties. The author reveals the fascinating developments in the vineyards and the cellars throughout this region's many wine-producing locations and how new appellations are more regularly rewarded here than in any other wine region in France.

Virgile's Vineyard: A Year in the Languedoc Wine Country

Patrick Moon, 2004



Among the rich cast of characters he meets during his year of exploration is Virgile, a young local wine-maker who offers to initiate Patrick into the mysteries of each season's work in the fields and in the cellar. Interwoven are digressions into the history of the region and its wine-making, from the earliest plantings by the Greeks and Romans.

Languedoc-Roussillon: The Wines and Winemakers

Paul Strang, 2002



Languedoc-Roussillon is one of France's oldest wine regions and this illustrated book explores the terroir, traditions, winemaking practices, laws, personalities and wines of the region. Chapter by chapter the author identifies each of the region's most important wine-producing areas, exploring their local grape varieties and influences on wine growing. He then highlights the winemaking methods used in each area and profiles the producers and their wines. The book includes maps detailing rivers and roads, main wine towns and villages and where each producer can be found. The colour and black-and-white photography illustrates the diversity of the landscapes and personalites, while fact boxes offer information about the climate, soil and grape varieties in each area.

Chateau Monty

Monty Waldin. 298 pages. 2008.



Top wine critic and author, Monty Waldin, has decided to put his money where his opinionated mouth is and pack it all in to make wine biodynamically in Languedoc, France. He has just over a year to turn 5.4 acres into top selling organic wine. Renovating an old cabin on his vineyard so he can babysit his vines 24/7, his only company will be his donkey and occasionally his high maintenance girlfriend Silvana when she jets in from Italy.

South of France: How to Find Great Wines Off the Beaten Track

Jonathan Healey. 144 pages. 2005.

6 Introduction; Understanding the South of France; 8 What makes the South of France unique? 11 The people, geography and history of the South of France; 14 Seasons and festivals; 16 Knowing the wines; 22 Food and wine culture; 24 How to get there and get around; 26 Where to stay; 29 The winemakers; 32 How wine is made in the South of France.

Wine Tours in the South of France

Florence Hernandez. 176 pages. 2005.



This book takes readers on an informative and picturesque stroll through the sun-drenched regions of the south of France, which in the past 15 years has dramatically revamped its wine-growing and vinification procedures. The regions and wines detailed in this book include: the southwest (Buzet, Cahors, Irouléguy, Juranýon, Madiran), Languedoc (Costières de Nîmes, Muscat, Minervois, Cabardès, Corbières), Roussillon (Banyuls, Collioure, Maury), southern Rhône valley (Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise), Provence (Bandol, Cassis, Côtes de Provence, Palette), and the idyllic island of Corsica (Muscat du Cap Corse, Patrimonio).

The Wines of Roussillon

Jonathan Healey. 312 pages. 2002.



A guide to the wines and wine makers of the Roussillon region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Faugeres, A Guide to the Appellation

Michael Meadowcroft. 56 pages. 2005.



Guide to the Faugères wine region of Languedoc - famous for its delicious red wines.

South of France (Oz Clarke's Wine Companion)

Oz Clarke. 80 pages. 1997.



One in a series of companions covering the world''s great wine regions, this pack comprises a guide book and a double-sided illustrated poster map, presented in a double plastic wallet '





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