Département in the south France on the Mediterranean coast with the capital Carcasonne in the political region of Occitania. It was named after the river Aude. It lies between the two départements Pyrenees-Orientales (south) and Hérault (northeast). Like these, it counts to the region Languedoc with the comprehensive AOC area of the same name. The vineyards occupy a total of nearly 100,000 hectares. It is an ancient wine-growing region, the first vineyards were built here by the Romans, when Narbonne was the capital of Gaul.
The country wine or the entire département comprehensive IGP area is called Aude. This can be supplemented by the following geographical names: Coteaux de la Cabrerisse, Coteaux de Miramont, Côtes de Lastours, Côtes de Prouilhe, Hauterive, La Côte Rêvée, Pays de Cucugnan, Val de Cesse and Val de Dagne. Other independent IGP areas are Cité de Carcassonne, Coteaux de Narbonne, Coteaux de Peyriac (can be supplemented with Haut de Badens), Haute Vallée de l'Aude, Le Pays Cathare, Vallée du Torgan and Vallée du Paradis, Aude is also part of the huge national IGP area Pays d'Oc,
For IGP-Aude 32 grape varieties are authorized for the red wines (5), rosé wines and white wines (15%), from which varietal wines and cuvées be pressed. The most important red wines are Cabernet Sauvignon. Caladoc, Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) Marselan. Merlot, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) Cinsault, Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) Pinot Noir and Syrah, the most important white wines Chardonnay. Chasan. Sauvignon Blanc. Vermentino and Viognier, Of the earnings is limited to a maximum of 80 hl / ha. A specialty here is the Vin de liqueur Cartagène,