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Gard

Department in the south France on the Mediterranean coast with the capital Nîmes in the political region Occitania. It was named after the Gard river, a tributary of the Rhone, and lies between the departments Hérault (west) and Vaucluse (east). The department is divided geologically into four zones. These are the Cévennen in the northwest, the scrublands in the center, the Costières in the southeast and the lowlands in the south, consisting of the Rhone Valley and the Mediterranean coastal plain. It is Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and autumns with intense rain and the cold and dreaded Mistral fall wind. Gard is wine-related to the two regions Languedoc and Rhone divided up. The AOC areas:

Vineyards near Tresques in the Nîmes district

The country wine or IGP area is called Gard. There are also local IGP areas Cévennes, Coteaux du Pont du Gard, Duché d'Uzès and Sable de Camargue (formerly Vin de pays Sables du Golfe du Lion), as well as the huge national IGP area Pays d'Oc, 80% red wines and 10% rosé and white wines are produced. As a specialty there is also a light-pressed rosé version Gris de gris, The main red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) Merlot, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) Cinsault, Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) Pinot Noir and Syrah, the main white wines are Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ) Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc, Role ( Vermentino ) Viognier and Clairette,

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