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Southern France - Wine Map of Southern France

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Wine Map of Southern France

Bordered to the south by the Mediterranean and to the north by the foothills of the southern Alps and the Massif Central, southern France is essentially one huge vineyard. To the east, Provence has some 26,000 ha under vine, mostly in appellation Côtes de Provence. Moving west, the vineyards flow across the Rhône delta through Costières de Nîmes and on into the Languedoc and then Roussillon, which together are home to around 300,000 ha of vines. Corbières is the appellation with the largest land area, but Coteaux du Languedoc is the most important in terms of wine production.

Languedoc-Roussillon: Areas & top producers

Coteaux du Languedoc

Domaine d’Aupilhac

Domaine Canet-Valette

Domaine Peyre Rose

Mas Bruguière

Mas Jullien

Prieuré de St-Jean de Bébian

Côtes du Roussillon & Côtes du Roussillon villages

Domaine du Clos des Fées

Domaine Gauby

Banyuls & Collioure

Domaine de la Rectorie

Domaine du Mas Blanc

Vin de Pays

Mas de Daumas Gassac

Provence: Areas & top producers

Côtes de Provence

Château de Roquefort

Domaine Richeaume


Château de Pibarnon

Château Pradeaux

Domaine Tempier


Clos Ste Magdeleine


Château Simone

Vin de Pays

Domaine de Trévallon

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Terroir at a glance




0–500 m.


Varies from mountain ranges to flat, arid coastal plains. Languedoc hill sites are often sparse, rocky scrubland with some dense, bush-covered maquis.


Rich alluvial soils in the valleys; schist and limestone on the hillsides.


Mediterranean. Hot, dry summers and mainly winter rain.


Although the July average is 72°F (22°C), highs are often above 86°F (30°C) in summer. Temperatures on the coast are more extreme than those inland, and hill sites experience the greatest variation between daytime and nighttime temperatures.


Annual average is 500–700 mm. In the west of the region, the Atlantic influence means rainfall is slightly higher.


Northerly winds known locally as the cers and tramontane, along with the mistral, accentuate the dry climate and help to prevent rot. Sea breezes can moderate temperatures near the coast.

Viticultural hazards:

Storms; humidity; weather fluctuation.

Vin de Pays

Languedoc-Roussillon is the most important producer of vin de pays (VDP) in France, making 80 percent of the total. Much of it is labeled under the regional denomination Vin de Pays d’Oc, the rest under the names of local districts. VDP rules are less stringent than AOC, allowing producers to make varietal wines from non-traditional grapes, and to blend native and international varieties for fine wines. VDP status offers producers greater recognition than the basic vin de table status.

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