New appellations for Languedoc

17 August, 2010

The creation of two new appellation tiers has been confirmed by the Languedoc region of France.

The region’s governing body has also introduced a package of measures to control the quality and quantity of Languedoc wines produced, including plans to help wineries manage production and sales strategies.

There will also be communications and promotional programmes to drive sales.

The new appellation tiers are Grands Vins du Languedoc and Grand Crus du Languedoc.

Grands Vins du Languedoc comprises Minervois, Corbieres, St Chinian, Limoux sparkling wines, Malepere, Faugeres, Cabardes, Muscat and part of the Terroirs des Coteaux du Languedoc including Picpoul de Pinet.

Grands Crus du Languedoc includes Minervois La Liviniere, Corbieres Boutenac, St Chinian Roquebrun, Terrasses de Larzac, Gres de Montpellier, Pic St Loup, Pezenas, La Clape and Limoux still wines.

Jerome Villaret, executive officer of the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc, said: “This will mould the future of the Languedoc region for the next 15 years.”

President Frederic Jeanjean said the aim was to “transform the Languedoc into a profitable, quality winemaking region”.

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