France’s ancient Languedoc-Roussillon wine region is also its most dynamic. The last three decades have seen a vital shift in the Languedoc-Roussillon, from quantity to quality wine production. The advent of thevin de payscategory, modernisation of rural cooperatives and winemaking methods, revival of old appellation areas and demarcation of new ones have brought fresh energy to the region. Sweeping from Provence to the Spanish border, the Languedoc-Roussillon features craggy mountains, rolling hills, salt flats, and broad plains, harbouring vineyard sites and soils of unrivalled diversity. Warm, dry conditions, cooling Mediterranean breezes, and luminous sunshine give intensely-flavoured grapes. If this weren’t enough, cheap land has attracted a new generation of winemakers, bringing investment, expertise and a new appreciation of the Languedoc-Roussillon’s unique terroir.