Département in the south France on the Mediterranean coast with the capital Montpellier in the political region of Occitania. It was named after the river Hérault. It lies between the two départements Aude (southwest) and Gard (northeast). Like these, it counts 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, for the most part, only the simplest ones were used mass wines produced, but the quality was arranged by the government in the 1980s clearings decisively improved by 30,000 hectares of vineyards. For now excellent reputation of IGP wines (formerly Vin de pays) have mainly the wines of the famous winery Mas de Daumas-Gassac contributed. There are numerous, sometimes very small AOC areas in the département, which are:
The whole of the Hérault Département country wine or IGP area is called Pays de l'Hérault. This name can be supplemented by narrower, geographical names (formerly 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 standalone IGP areas are Coteaux de Béziers (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), Côtes 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 départements.
85% are red wines produced from a variety of varieties. The most important are Carignan Noir. Cinsault, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) and Syrah, with smaller shares of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, The small amount of white wines is 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 Fadeze, Domaine de la Source, Domaine de La Grange des PÃ¨res, Domaine Limbardie, Domaine St-Martin and Mas de Daumas-Gassac,