Languedoc-Roussillon, situated on the French southern coast between the southern part of the Rhône and the Spanish border, is a paradise for lovers of good wine and delicious food. It is the largest wine region in France and is renowned for its wide variety of wines. The region has everything for a delightful vacation: beaches, charming cities, historic villages, beautiful nature, and a delightful local cuisine.
Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the most versatile wine regions in the world. The region has a long coastline, as well as hills and plains. The various soil types (limestone, slate, sandstone, and clay) contribute to the complexity and diversity of the wines. The region produces red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines. Visiting vineyards is a must when on vacation in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Many vineyards offer tours of the facility and tastings. Winemakers in Languedoc-Roussillon are known for their adventurous spirit, experimenting with winemaking techniques, new grape varieties, and environmentally friendly viticulture. Don't just visit the large companies during your vacation; often, the small, unknown vineyards have the most surprising wines and the most beautiful stories. If you see a sign for a vineyard along the road, stop spontaneously and be pleasantly surprised.
Thanks to its southern location and abundant sunshine, the red wines of Languedoc-Roussillon are generally full-bodied and ripe in flavor. Commonly used grape varieties include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, and Cinsault. Due to the diversity of flavor profiles from these grapes, the red wines from Languedoc-Roussillon are very versatile, and there is a tasty red wine for every palate.
The combination of the warm climate and the influence of the Mediterranean Sea results in white wines with ripe and fruity flavors and excellent acidity balance. Styles range from crisp and light wines from the hills to full and rich wines from vineyards in flatter, warmer areas.
In Languedoc-Roussillon, two well-known sparkling wines are produced: Blanquette de Limoux and Crémant de Limoux. Blanquette de Limoux is considered the oldest sparkling wine in the world and is made from the Blanquette grape (also known as Mauzac), complemented with some Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Crémant de Limoux is made from Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, supplemented with some Blanquette. Both wines are produced using the Traditional Method (Champagne method), but due to the different proportions of grapes, they each have a distinct character. While Blanquette de Limoux has a fresher taste, Crémant de Limoux is richer in flavor.
Languedoc-Roussillon is not only known for its wines; the local dishes and products are also finger-licking good. For example, for enthusiasts, try the Bouzigues oysters from the Thau Lagoon. These oysters are of very high quality and have a unique taste. Not a fan of oysters? Then, order cassoulet, a rich stew of white beans and meat, or brandade, a mash of potatoes, salted cod, olive oil, and cream. Also, the tielle sétoise, a savory pie filled with octopus or squid, and the Pélardon, a goat cheese from the Cevennes, are well worth a try.
After a day full of good food and wine tasting, there is nothing more delightful than relaxing at your vacation spot. Easily book your ideal vacation rental in Languedoc-Roussillon with Maisonne. From a rustic farmhouse inland to a summer cottage by the beach and from a luxurious detached villa to a cozy village house, we have a suitable accommodation in our offering for every vacation wish.