Former French wine quality level country wine (pays = country), which was a quality level below the AOC wines (now AOP). With the EU wine market regulations that came into effect in August 2009, it became a new term IGP = "Indication Géographique Protégée" replaced in German the new level PGI = "Protected geographical indication" corresponds (see also detailed under quality system ). The old name Vin de pays could be used temporarily until 2013. From 2014 only IGP was allowed.
There were a total of around 150 vins de pays. Around 85% came from the huge area Midi in the south of France. The production share was about 20%, the majority were red wines. There were regional, departmental and local. This structure was largely retained when switching to IGP and many of the names remained the same. The regional VdP areas spanned several departments or regions. The 94 local (zonal) VdP areas included single to multiple municipalities.