By country :: France :: Languedoc
These days, the Languedoc is viewed as the region in France which most closely resembles the wine growing conditions and philosophy of the New World, so much so that a number of Aussies, Kiwis and a handful of Brits have settled in the region to establish new wineries.
Despite the fact that vines have been present in the region since the times of the Romans, the Languedoc has only emerged as a wine growing region to be reckoned with in the past 20 years. Prior to that date, the viticulture of the Languedoc had been dominated by co-operatives and large producers, creating wines which were uninteresting and mass produced.
Now though, the INAO (the French body that governs appellations) has identified specific appellations that they regulate and manage, giving a new breed of young, passionate and quality driven producers the opportunity to establish small independent vineyards. Countless small producers have emerged and as a result, the quality of production in the region has increased dramatically. By combining the terroirs and modern techniques, Languedoc is able to offer approachable, Mediterranean style wines that are terrific value for money.
This year, we have introduced a new range of entry level wines called Terre des Olivettes which offers excellent value for money. We are also delighted to have added two stunning, small boutique wineries which we highly recommend, namely Clos Fantine in Faugères and a white Minervois from Domaine Cros, quite simply as it was the best white wine from the region that we tasted last year!