Department in the south France on the Mediterranean coast with the capital Montpellier in the political region of Occitania. It was named after the Hérault river. It lies between the two departments Aude (southwest) and Gard (northeast). Like this, it belongs to the region Languedoc with the comprehensive AOC area of the same name. The vineyards occupy a total of over 100,000 hectares. In the past, mostly only the simplest mass wines produced, but the quality was ordered by the government in the 1980s clearings of 30,000 hectares of vineyards significantly improved. To the now excellent reputation of IGP wines (formerly Vin de pays) mainly have the wines of the famous winery Mas de Daumas-Gassac contributed. There are numerous AOC areas in the department, some of which are very small, which are:
The country wine or IGP area covering the entire Hérault department is called Pays de l'Hérault. This name can be supplemented by narrower, geographical designations (previously these were independent VdP areas). These are Bénovie, Bérange, Cassan, Cessenon, Collines de la Moure, Coteaux de Bessilles, Coteaux de Fontcaude, Coteaux de Laurens, Coteaux de Murviel, Coteaux du Salagou, Côtes du Brian, Côtes du Ceressou, Mont Baudile, Monts de la Grage , Pays de Bessan and Pays de Caux. Other independent IGP areas are Coteaux de Beziers (formerly VdP Coteaux du Libron), Coteaux d'Enserune, Coteaux de Peyriac (can be supplemented with Hauts de Badens), Côtes de Thau (can be supplemented with Cap d'Agde), Cotes de Thongue, Haute Vallée de l'Orb, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert (can be supplemented with Val de Montferrand and Cité d'Aniane) and Vicomté d'Aumelas. Hérault is also part of the huge national IGP area Pays d'Oc with other departments.
85% of them are red wines that are produced from a variety of varieties. The most important are Carignan Noir. Cinsault, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) and Syrah, with smaller proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, The small amount of white wines is made from the varieties Clairette, Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ) Macabeo and Ugni Blanc ( Trebbiano Toscano ) blended. Well-known producers are Château Capion, Domaine d'Aupilhac, Domaine du Bosc, Domaine Capion, Domaine de la Fadèze, Domaine de la Source, Domaine de La Grange des Pères, Domaine Limbardie, Domaine St-Martin and Mas de Daumas-Gassac,