The wines of this region are improving all the time, thanks to reducing permitted yields and an increase in the number of grape varieties grown.
Languedoc is a great value wine region, producing significant volume (a quarter of all French vines cultivated). Vines were planted as early as 125 BC, and the great majority are planted on flat, low-lying alluvial plains. Carignan is the third most planted variety after Syrah and Grenache. Carbonic maceration is often used, but the use of traditional vinification techniques is increasing.
Roussillon has a distinct geographical identity; viticulture was probably introduced via the Greek establishment of Marseilles in the 7th century BC and developed by the Romans.