Chapter 3 – AOC & Vin du Pays

For the average person I think one of the most confusing things about French wine is the difference between AOC & Vins du Pays.  In my experience most people think AOC means top quality and Vins du Pays lower quality. This is not necessarily the case and I think it helps to understand why we have both categories. So...

Chapter 2 Wine Growing – Viticulture

Grapes on the vine
There's a saying amongst wine makers. Good wine is made in the vineyard. They are referring to the health of the vineyard, the vines and the grapes. If you take great care of them, keep yields low and disease at bay and carefully harvest ripe healthy grapes. And providing you don’t do anything drastically wrong during the fermentation process,...

Chapter 2 Terroir & Landscape

What is terroir? It’s a little word with a big meaning. It sums up all the various factors the vine experiences in the environment where it is growing and in turn this affects the style of the wine. Wine without the influence of terroir will just be deliciously fruity whereas terroir driven wines will express a sense of the...

Chapter 1 – From Quantity to Quality

The Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon by Wendy Gedney - Chapter 1 I remember the first time I came to the Languedoc-Roussillon.  It was the summer of 1990 and in those days I could hardly be described as a wine connoisseur, in fact quite the opposite. Yes I liked to drink wine but my taste had not developed beyond a glass...