“Languedoc” refers to a specific historic region of France and Northern Catalonia (Spain). In use only since the early 20th century (especially in the context of wine) this area of France, lays on the Mediterranean coastline from the French border with northeastern Spain, to Provence. The five best known appellations in the Languedoc include Coteaux du Languedoc, Corbières AOC, Faugères, Minervois AOC, and Saint-Chinian AOCs.

Languedoc is also home to the AOC Limoux, which produces renowned sparkling wines, rivaling Champagne.

Appellation characteristics

Max. Summer Temperature


20 m

Main Soil Types

Chalk, limestone and gravel based soils inland to more alluvial soils near the coast

Average Rainfall

537 mm

Latitude 48° 54′ 32” North

Longitude  -1° 26′ 59” East

Types of Grape

The red wines are made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvedre are major grapes of the Corbières, Faugères, Fitou, and Minervois AOCs.

The white wines are made from Chardonnay,  Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Mauzac.

Cinsault is also commonly used in rosé production along with Lladoner Pelut, Picpoul Noir, Terret Noir and Grenache. Grenache is also the main grape used in the fortified wines of the Banyuls and Rivesaltes region.