One of the six major regional IGP areas for the production of country wines in France, The other five are Atlantique. Comtés Rhodania. Comté Tolosan. Méditerranée and Val de Loire, It lies deep in the south-east of the country on the Mediterranean and includes the double region Languedoc-Roussillon and the right part of the southern one Rhone in the five departments Aude. Gard. Hérault, Lozère (only 6 municipalities) and Pyrenees-Orientales, The name "oc" in the Occitan language means "yes", from which the "oui" has developed. Langue d'Oc means "language of the Oc" in Occitan. From the 2009 vintage, a three-level quality hierarchy was created. The lowest level is "Séduction" followed by "Style" and the highest level "Collection".
The vineyards cover around 120,000 hectares of vines, which corresponds to about half of the double region. There are 58 varieties approved, the main varieties contribute the most to quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay, Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) Merlot. Sauvignon Blanc. Syrah and Viognier at. These are known as "Cépages améliorateurs". The volume is over half of all French IGP wines (country wines). It is 80% varietal wines, around 70% of it red wines, Around 2,600 producers, including 230 Winzergenossenschaften produce around 800 million bottles of wine annually, which are marketed in 170 countries worldwide.
The best-known producers include Cave St Maurice, Château d'Aussières, Château de Fouques, Château de Gourgazaud, Château la Condamine Bertrand, Commanderie de Preïssan, Domaine de l'Aigle, Domaine des Aspes, Domaine du Banes, Domaine du Bosc, Domaine de Cébène, Domaine du Grand Chemin, Domaine Lalaurie, Domaine de L'Herbe Sainte, Domaine de Médeilhan, Domaine Montrose, Domaine d'Ormesson, Domaine de la Provenquière, Domaine de Puilacher, Domaine de Sainte Rose, Domaine de Terre Mégère, Domaine Verena Wyss, Fortant de France, Herrick, Les Collines du Bourdic, Les Vignerons de Calvisson, Lurton, Mas d'Amile, Ryman, Robert Skalli, Val d'Orbieu, Vignerons Catalans, Vignobles Jeanjean, Vignobles Diffonty and Vignobles du Rivesaltais.
Image : InterOc - Association for "Pays d'Oc IGP" wines