Earlier French wine quality level country wine (pays = land), which was a quality level among the AOC wines (now AOP). With the EU wine market regulation that became effective in August 2009, it was replaced by the new term IGP = "Indication Géographique Protégée" replaced, which in German the new stage PGI = "Protected Geographical Indication" (see also detailed under quality system ). The old name Vin de pays could be used transitionally until 2013. As of 2014, only IGP was allowed.
Altogether there were about 150 Vins de pays. About 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, départementale and local. This structure was essentially retained when migrating to IGP and many of the designations remained identical. The regional VDP areas spanned several départements or regions. The 94 local (zonal) VDP areas included single to multiple communities.