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L’Aventure Languedoc : The Adventure Continues
June 21, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
What is Languedoc?
Our exploration of the Languedoc continues with another big tasting of whites, roses, and reds from France’s Wild West. As a refresher, Languedoc-Roussillon is located in southern France, spanning the Mediterranean coastline from the French border with Spain in the south, to the region of Provence to the east. It is the largest wine producing region and vineyard area not only in France, but also in the world. The region is home to several climate and soil types which factor into the wide variety of wines produced here.
The wines of Languedoc offer an exceptional selection of quality, value and character, reflecting the elements from which they come. The wines are blessed by an auspicious blend of natural factors, such as abundant sunshine, the Mediterranean Sea, mountains, as well as history and culture and a revolutionary spirit. These are some of the most authentic wines in France, and today’s pioneering winemakers are combining time honored traditions with new techniques to revitalize the region’s appellations. Consumers can feel confident with their purchases and afford to discover all that Languedoc has to offer.
The majority of the region has a Mediterranean climate and clay/limestone soils. However, there are pockets with more continental and Atlantic influences as well as schist and granite soils. The region is also characterized by low rainfall levels; some areas see the lowest rainfall in France. Strong winds area also prevalent and the combination of all of these factors mean that Languedoc lends itself to very natural methods of farming and wine production; 30% of all of France’s organic wine comes from Languedoc.