The Languedoc-Roussillon region has around 700,000 acres (2,800 sq km) of vineyards and is the single biggest wine-producing region in the world, being responsible for more than a third of France’s total wine production.
The idea that wines from this part of France are mass produced and low quality is certainly no longer true, however, as you will find out during a wine tasting at one of the many vineyards.
There is a wide variety of soils and microclimates across the region, which sees an equally wide range of grape varieties produced – often by local cooperatives. Minervois, Corbières and Saint-Chinian are three of the best-known appellations.
Just a 20-minute drive (10.5 miles, 17 km) from Le Fort Pouzols-Minervois are 180 hectares dedicated to Muscat of Saint-Jean de Minervois, the fortified wine known for its exceptional aromas of acacia and lemongrass.
From the roof terrace at Le Fort Pouzols-Minervois you can see the stainless steel containers of the village’s local wine cooperative, a collaboration with nearby Mailhac. Feel free to pop in for a tasting and pick up a few bottles to take back to Le Fort.
There are countless organised wine tours (for example, vinenvacances.com) as well as tasting events across the region. For more information on wines in Languedoc-Roussillon, visit www.languedoc-wines.com