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Occitanie Sud de France - tourism in the largest vine growing region of France

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For high quality wines

In Occitanie, there are 87 labels (appellations), including 51 protected appellations (AOP). On the South-West side, you will find the valleys, hills and alluvial terraces that encompass the Gaillac, Fronton, Cahors, Saint-Mont, Madiran and many more labels. In Languedoc-Roussillon, you are stepping into the fiery lands of Corbières, Minervois, La Clape, Saint-Chinian, Pic-Saint-Loup, and Côtes du Roussillon.

Between the powerful Cahors (the "Black Wine") and its famous Malbec grape, the Mediterranean sunshine wines or the vineyards full of freshness of the Southwest, which one will be your favourite?

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"VINEYARDS AND DISCOVERIES" DESTINATIONS

Visits of domains, tastings, promenade in the vineyards, wine and grape harvests, the Occitanie winemakers welcome you to share their lifestyle. 15 viticultural lands have obtained the "Vineyards and Discoveries" label: a national guarantee of quality in wine tourism.
For one or several days, follow the old Roman roads that crisscross these vineyards. Savour the breathtaking landscape and explore the villages and historical sites along the way

WARM UP

Gascony's flame

Distilled in the still from white wine, aged for several years in oak casks, Armagnac is an exceptional brandy prepared with care in Gers since the 14th century. You can celebrate it all winter during the many events of the Flame of Armagnac. This eau-de-vie with a sensationally aromatic repertoire can be enjoyed as a digestive but also as an aperitif in tasty cocktails. The Floc de Gascogne, composed of young Armagnac and grape juice, is a fresh and flowery aperitif from the same Gascon land. It translates to "bouquet of flowers" from the original Occitan language.

SWEET AND SPARKLING WINES

Made in Roussillon, Muscat de Mireval, Muscat de Frontignan, Muscat de Rivesaltes, Banyuls, Maury are all inherently sweet wines whose fermentation has been stopped by the addition of alcohol. The result? A wine both lightly alcoholized and naturally sweet. If you want to keep with Occitan custom, It is to be enjoyed as an aperitif under the closest arbor. Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux or Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale : taste the delicate effervescence of Limoux wines. Coined by accident in 1531 by a Benedictine monk, the blanquette claims the status of the world's first sparkling wine!

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