Protected Geographical Indication of Occitanie

The IGP d'Oc stands for Protected Geographical Indication of Occitanie. These are wines produced in France for which an IGP request, accompanied by specifications to be respected, has obtained a favorable opinion from the INAO (National Institute of Origin and Quality).

Historically, the Languedoc region since the 1st millennium has been a region of vineyards. From 900 AD, traces in the records of the cathedral of Nîmes show the importance of vines in the plains.

In the 14th century, we can observe a craze for the creation of more qualitative vineyards towards the slopes of the rivers of the region.

At the beginning of the 16th century, the vineyards of Languedoc were increasingly profitable and spread over the plains.

In 1853, with the arrival of the railway in the region, viticulture had to expand its outlets, particularly to the north and east of France.

Consequently, the departments of Aude, Gard, Hérault and Pyrénées-Orientales together provide 40% of French wine production.

During the second half of the 20th century, table wines became increasingly difficult to sell, and it was then that Languedoc wine producers, pushed by their unions, sought to label their vineyards.

In the past called Vin de Pays d'Oc until 2009, it was in 1987 that Languedoc wine production obtained the label by decree of October 15, 1987, defended by the Syndicat des Producteurs de Vin de Pays d´Oc.

Les Vignerons du Castelas cellar produces white Pays d'Oc wines, made up mainly of Viognier.

The grape varieties used for the production of white wines are mainly Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains. Minority supplemented by Carignan Blanc, Chasan, Chenin, Clairette, Colombard, Macabeu, Marsanne, Mauzac, Muscat d'Alexandrie, Picquepoul Blanc, Roussanne, Sémillon, Terret, Ugni White, and the Vermentino.

The grape varieties used for the production of red wines are mainly, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Grenache Noir. Completed in minority by Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Chenanson, Cinsault, Côt, La Mourvèdre, Portan, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and Marselan.

The grape varieties used for the production of rosé or gray wines are mainly Cinsault, Grenache Noir, and Syrah, supplemented by Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Chenanson, Côt, Grenache Gris, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Portan, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, and Marselan.