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Occitania, France's biggest wine region

Le label Vignobles et Découvertes en Occitanie

From Gascony to Languedoc, from Roussillon to the terraces of Larzac, you have the biggest wine region in France to explore! Taste an exceptional aromatic range of wines in Occitania: red, white, rosé, sweet and sparkling wines. As Occitania's wines have moved upmarket, the region has become the new Eldorado for fans of (very) good wines.

Winegrowers and wineries

87 appellations à découvrir
87 appellations à découvrir

MORE PERSONALITIES, MORE DIVERSITÉ

For high-quality wines

87 designations, including 51 PDO wines, can be found in Occitania. In the south-west, we are in a land of valleys, hills and fluvial terraces shared by Gaillac, Fronton, Cahors, Saint-Mont and Madiran. 

In Languedoc and Roussillon, you arrive in the ardent lands of Corbières, Minervois, La Clape, Saint-Chinian, Pic-Saint-Loup and Côtes du Roussillon.

Between the powerful Cahors (the "Black Wine") with its famous grape variety Malbec, and the sunshine wines of the Mediterranean, the refreshing wines of the south-west, which ones will you prefer?

Did you know?

With over 260,000 hectares of vineyards, the Occitania region is the leading wine region in France. 33% of French wine is produced here. The organic vineyards in the region represent 30% of France's total.

Vignoble des Corbières
Vignoble des Corbières

"VIGNOBLES ET DÉCOUVERTES" DESTINATIONS

A national label for a trending destination

Visits to wineries, tastings, wine walks, wine festivals: the winemakers of Occitania welcome visitors and share an art of living. Almost 15 wine areas have been awarded the "Vignobles & Découvertes" label: a national guarantee of quality in wine tourism.

For one or more days, follow the wine routes that make their way through the region. Enjoy the attractive landscapes, visit the villages and historic sites along the way.

Did you know?

It is in Occitania that you will find the best wine bar in the world: the N°5 Wine Bar in Toulouse, and distinguished by the British magazine The World OF Fine Wine.

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L'Armagnac
L'Armagnac

WARMING UP

The Gascony flame

Armagnac is an exceptional brandy distilled from white wine, then aged for years in oak barrels. It was born in the Gers region in the 14th century. You can celebrate it all through the winter at many different events during the "Flamme de l’Armagnac" ("Armagnac Flame").

Armagnac boasts an incredible aromatic range and can be enjoyed after dinner or as an aperitif as part of a subtle cocktail.

Floc de Gascogne is a refreshing and floral aperitif, also from Gascony, and consisting of young Armagnac and grape juice. "Floc" means "bouquet of flowers" in the Occitan language.

Expert's tip

The top French wines for export, the great vintages from Occitania have seen their sales double in the United States in just a few years. Top wine experts such as Robert Parker are their biggest fans.

Blanquette de Limoux

SWEET AND SPARKLING WINES

The other side of the wide region

They are made in Hérault and Pyrénées-Orientales: Muscat de Mireval, Muscat de Frontignan, Muscat de Rivesaltes, Banyuls, Maury ... These are sweet wines with alcohol added to halt fermentation. The result? These wines are both high in alcohol and naturally sweet, to be enjoyed as an aperitif outdoors.

Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux and Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale: savour the delicate effervescence of the wines from Limoux. Blanquette was first made by chance in 1531 by a Benedictine monk and became the world's very first sparkling wine!

Useful information

Are you an expert or just interested? Take a look at our selection of vineyard trips. All-inclusive weekends or holidays in Cahors, Carcassonne, Narbonne…

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A wine visit to Collioure-Banyuls

This is a mountainside wine area like no other in France. From the vineyard to the glass, this is a chance to explore wine with a local winemaker, while in the distance the Mediterranean Sea stretches out as far as the eye can see. Video 2 :18 © France3 Occitanie.

Don't miss

With the Oenotourism Occitanie diary, discover all that is happening in our great wine region: original and festive events, vineyard and wine festivals, local markets, walks and hikes in the vineyards, ...

SEE THe oenOtourism DIARY

Dans les vignes
@moicestclo
Dans les vignes
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWu1fc-A77o/
Les Terrasses Pont Du Gard
@vignobles_occitanie
Les Terrasses Pont Du Gard
https://www.instagram.com/p/BlwyNUrh-Rs/
La Maison des Vins de Gaillac
@jessica_hammer
La Maison des Vins de Gaillac
https://www.instagram.com/p/BeLVjMsHgui/

Our selection

Points of interest

CHÂTEAU L’HOSPITALET

NARBONNEAude

Gerard Bertrand wine estate cultivated with biodynamic methods, Château l’Hospitalet*** welcomes you in its hotel,...

Tasting

MAS AMIEL

MAURYPyrénées-Orientales
Tasting

Château de Mercuès

MERCUESLot
Tasting

CHÂTEAU DE CASSAIGNE

CASSAIGNEGers
Latitude: 43.606347900000
Longitude: 1.445975200000
How to get there
  • By car: Occitania has a large number of motorways (A9, A20, A61, A75, etc.).
  • By plane: the region has several airports, including the international airports of Toulouse, Montpellier and Lourdes.
  • By train: the region is accessible from all the major cities of France and the European capitals.

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