Vin de pays

Vin de pays is a French term meaning "country wine".


Vin de pays de L'Herault – Domaine la terrasse d'Elise – XB 2007

Vin de pays d'Oc, Vin de pays d'Aude, Vin de pays de l'Hérault, and Vin de Pays du Gard are the classifications, where the vinyards are producing wine under the less stringent regulations of an AOC in Languedoc (blends of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc)


It is one step above the table wine (Vin de table), and two steps below the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in the French wine classifications.

Unlike table wine, which is indicated only as of coming from France, Vin de pays carries a geographic designation of origin.

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Vin de pays d'Oc – Domaine de La Clastre

There are six regional Vin de Pays, which cover larger area of France. The most voluminous contributor to this category of wines is Vin de Pays d'Oc is from (1) the Languedoc-Roussillon area in Mediterranean France.

The second largest volume of Vin de Pays wines is produced as (2) Vin de Pays du Jardin de France, a designation that applies to wines from the whole Loire Valley.

The other ones are: (3) Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan (south-west), (4) Vin de Pays de Méditerranée (south-east, Provence and Corsica) and (5) Vin de Pays des Comtés Rhodaniens (Rhone valley).

Two further regional Vin de Pays designations, Vin de Pays de l'Atlantique (Bordeaux and Charentes (Cognac) and Vin de Pays Vignobles de France (all of wine-making France) were approved by French authorities in 2007, but (together with Vin de Pays de Gaules for the Beaujolais region) remain disputed and as of July 2009, they remained unpublished in the Official Journal of the European Union due to actions taken by other French wine producers.

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