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The béziers vineyards
The Beziers vineyards, in the heart of the oldest French wine producing area, the Languedoc-Roussillon, are dotted with a rich architectural heritage reflected in its range of wines: AOC Coteaux du Languedoc, Terrasses de Béziers and the Vin de Pays from the different domains, where several famous names are produced, such as "Côtes de Thongue" or "Coteaux du Libron", very much in favour with restauranteurs and wine merchants at the moment. The Pays d'Oc IGP (protected geographical indication) is extremely popular for export.
There are four main areas in the Béziers region:
Pays d'Oc IGP wines
Between the stones of the high plateau, the clay and limestone of the plain and the foothills of the Cevennes shale lands, the wines of Pays d'Oc are today found at the best restaurant tables, as well as in the local supermarket.
Undisputed leaders in the market , Languedoc white wines from mostly Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Viognier, Vermentino and Muscat grapes are significant both for their finesse, freshness and elegance, and will delight any palate as an aperitif, gourmet tapas or throughout a meal.
The range of red wines from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Mourvèdre and Grenache grapes find their place at the table between game and more delicate dishes.
Rosé wines from Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache grapes may mainly be appreciated, especially in summer, as an aperitif or with grilled meat and fish.
Pays des coteaux du Libron wines
The winemakers of the Coteaux du Libron continue the tradition inherited from the Greeks, Celts, Romans and other Ligurian settlers along with the splendor of the wine industry in the nineteenth century. Combining the latest technology with tradition, producing wines able to satisfy increasingly demanding consumers.
The Libron river winds through the vineyards to the sea bringing freshness to the sun-soaked grapes. From north to south, 13 municipalities are involved in the revival of the Coteaux du Libron .
Pays des Côtes de Thongue wines
The Thongue, a small river flowing peacefully through the Languedoc foothills of the Cevennes to the Mediterranean, has shaped, over time, the coast where the vine s grow in the best of the Mediterranean climate.
To pay tribute to the quality of the land, the growers decided to name the best part of their production "Vin de Pays Côtes de Thongue", whose vineyards cover 14 villages west of Pezenas up to the gates of Béziers. The wines of Côtes de Thongue are characterized by fresh and flavoursome marriages of Carignan, Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Tempranillo and Pinot Noir grapes for the reds and rosés. As for the whites, they are a happy blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat Petit Grain varieties.
Winemaking tends to diversity, and often allows pleasant unexpected discoveries. Fresh, complex and powerful flavours sit side by side with the elegance of wine aged in barrels - flavours par excellence!
The wines of the A.O.C. Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses de Béziers
In 1990, the Institution National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO), responding to the desires of Beziers winemakers and their respect for to their land, gave a favourable decision to Beziers joining the AOC Coteaux du Languedoc.
The General Agricultural Competition and the Guide Hachette attest to the wines' great quality.
In 2000 the Terrasses de Béziers, exceptional growing slopes which are arranged like an amphitheater around Béziers were recognised. Inside this natural crucible one finds the red earth of Cazouls the clay-limestone soils of Murviel les Beziers, and also pine woods and rugged cliffs of the land of Nissan-lez-Ensérune.