TO SEE | WINE
If you are a wine lover, you are at the right spot in our region. Languedoc is the largest wine-producing region in France and one of the biggest of the world. For a long time, the quality of the wine was not outstanding. In fact, Languedoc wine was known to be cheap bulk wine. Due to the industrialisation of the 19th century, there was a huge demand for wine. This meant that it was more about quantity rather than quality. During that time, Languedoc-Roussillon was the largest wine-growing region in the world.
Quality over quantity
Fortunately, some wine farmers preferred quality over quantity and started to produce a wine that actually tasted good. They created the “Vin de Pays d’Oc” classification in the late 1980s, as there was no “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” (AOC) yet. Since that time the quality of Languedoc wines became higher and higher and a lot of tasty and exciting wines are being produced.
In case you need some inspiration, the Mediterranean wine fair Vinisud is held in Montpellier every January. It is a BtoB fair, but it’s definitely worth taking a look, as this is where Mediterranean “domaines” and “châteaux” present their wines. Of course from our region, but also, for example, Provence, Rhône, and Corsica are represented. In addition, you will find wines from other Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Tasting and eating
Besides tasting wines, you can also have a bite to eat. For some time now I have spotted actual food trucks in the South of France. Also at Vinisud, you will find them, together with some restaurants at the fair itself. In addition, you can attend all kinds of tastings and conferences. Do take a look at the site before you go for more info.