This croissant shaped region stretches from the Rhône delta all the way to the Spanish border and benefits from a Mediterranean climate. Vineyards are generally situated on alluvial plains and or slopes with soil rich in limestone and schist. Many different grape varieties are grown.
Coteaux du Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet, St-Chinian, Faugères, Minervois, Fitou, Corbières, Muscat de St-Jean de Minervois and Muscat de Lunel.
Côtes du Roussillon, Côtes du Roussillon Village, Collioure, Banyuls, Banyuls Grand Cru, Rivesaltes, Muscat de Rivesaltes and Maury.
Terms specific to these regions:
Vintage: sweet wine that’s aged in the bottle. This wine develops notes of black or red fruit and is made non-oxidatively.
Vin doux naturel: you will find this written on many bottles of Muscat, Banyuls, Maury and Rivesaltes and it means that the wine is fortified. Some neutral alcohol is added during fermentation to prevent some of the residual sugars turning into alcohol.