For centuries the Languedoc-Roussillon region has been famed for its ideal vine growing conditions, and today it is still one of the most important wine making areas of France.
Its winemaking history can be traced back to before Roman occupation, predating both Bordeaux and Burgundy. Aside from being the birthplace of French wine, the Languedoc-Roussillon can also boast being the birthplace of two of the world's most popular styles of wine: sparkling wine and fortified wine (the technique of adding alcohol to a wine while it ferments, as in port or the locally produced Muscat de Rivesaltes, Maury and Banyuls).
The region borders the western half of the Mediterranean, from the Spanish border all the way up and around to Montpelier. The land dedicated to wine production covers approximately 160,000 hectares or 400,000 acres.
Together, Languedoc and Roussillon produce more than one-third of all the wine made in France, and more than twice as much wine as all of Australia. There are around 50,000 growers working with 400 co-operatives, this equates to around 70% of the regions production, and just under 3,000