South of France
The history of Vin de Pays d’Oc wines can be traced back to the 5th century, when the Greeks planted the first vineyards near Narbonne. Along with parts of Provence, these are considered to be France’s oldest vineyards.
Despite being an important winemaking center for centuries, the region is often considered the “new world” region of France. The region has been undergoing a quality revolution over the last 20 years, particularly since much of its wines became part of the AOC system.
With 740,300 acres of vineyards — approximately one third of the country’s vineyards and wine production — the region is three times the size of Bordeaux and the world’s largest vineyard area.
The region is home to numerous grape varieties, including many international varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The traditional Rhône grapes of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Viognier are also prominent.