Now we move into more of a Mediterranean climate with wines produced across a very large area and varying significantly in quality.
Wines from Provence tend to be good value, easy drinking and delicious if you choose a nicely chilled Rose with your seafood dish.
Languedoc-Roussillon is a huge region that has historically had a bad rap for producing masses of cheap, tannic wine. But in recent times, this is the area of experimentation, with wine-makers from all over the world buying up vineyards and producing some amazing wines that fall out of the AC restrictions. You will see many wines labeled Vin de Pays d’Oc which is the local classification for Vin de Pays wines.
Notable ACs include Minervois and Corbieres, both within striking distance of the medieval city of Carcassonne and both producing very good value, drinkable wines.
Pocket Vintages Recommends
Domaine Saint Aix Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Aix Rose, Provence, France