Grape vines are widespread in Occitania, where they represent a third of the cultivated land. From the Rhône to the Pyrenees, the vineyards of the Pays d’Oc blossom in a perfect alliance between the land and the grapes.
In a landscape which has been shaped by grape vines since the dawn of time, the Pays d’Oc vineyards spread across four wine districts of Occitania: Gard, Hérault, Aude and the Western Pyrenees, as well as the six municipalities of the Lozère region. Travelling through the large vineyards of the Pays d’Oc will take you to major historic monuments, like the ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Pont du Gard, the Canal du Midi, the city of Carcassonne, numerous abbeys, thousand-year-old walled villages, the fishing ports of Sète and Marseillan, the lagoons with their unique plants and animals, and finally the atmosphere of the shady terraces in the beautiful southern cities.
The Pays d’Oc vineyards enjoy the sunny Mediterranean climate. The extent of the vineyards is explained by the extraordinary diversity of soils across the region: sandy, limestone, shale, clay or pebbly. Together, they produce 56 different grape varieties.
1.Explore nearly one thousand wine cellars, spread across the whole region, as well as their authentic vineyards, which have been developed over 26 centuries of wine-growing tradition.
2.Discover the steep slopes of the Pyrenees, mountain summits and valleys, the vineyards, bushland and Mediterranean Sea, 200 km of beaches, and an ocean of grape vines bathed in sunlight.
3.‘Route 33’ is an invitation to travel through the vineyards between the land and the sea and discover 33 different types of grapes.
One denomination: Pays d’Oc IGP.
Red and rosé: Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet-Franc, Malbec, Mourvèdre.
White: Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Viognier, Chenin, Colombard.