The French region of the Languedoc-Roussillon has stood out for years as the world's largest wine region and with the highest production of wines. Today, with the improvement of vineyards and cultivation techniques, the area is also famous for the extraordinary quality of its wine products: from its over 350,000 hectares of vineyards well 23 AOC denominations come 19 IGP.
Located in the south of France, the Languedoc-Roussillon has a varied morphology that, extending from the border with Spain to the Pyrenees, sees alternating beaches and caves, salt pans and mountains, lagoons and forests. Characterized by a pleasant climate, influenced by both the Mediterranean Sea and the ocean breezes, it has cool summers, gentle winters and winds that blow the scent of the woods and fruit trees among the numerous vineyards. The terroir that gives life to wines of excellence is also particular and varied: the land, along both the sea and the mountains, alternates compositions with predominantly sandy, clayey, granitic and limestone.
Alongside a large number of table wines, there is the production of wines of great value, both white and red. Among the main methods of production stands out the so-called fortification, which provides the 'interruption of fermentation to allow the addition of alcohol. This technique, used above all to produce the famous Vini Naturali Dolci of the Languedoc-Roussillon, joins the custom of making i aging the wine in oak barrels exposed to all atmospheric agents to promote oxidation and aromatization processes. The most famous vines of the region are the Moscato Bianco and the Grenache Nero.
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