Languedoc-Roussillon: This is the hot part of the south of France, where the influences of the Atlantic are finally overtaken by those of the Mediterranean. Some very good wines are made in the AC regions including Minervois, Corbi?s, Fitou, Roussillon, and Coteaux du Languedoc. Languedoc-Roussillon is also land of vin de pays, simple wines that nonetheless bear the character of their region. The influence of internationally-trained winemakers is seen in the many fruit-forward, new-oaked varietal wines exported from Languedoc-Roussillon, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Pays d'Oc, the term for vin de pays from Languedoc-Roussillon, has come to represent appealing, well-made wines suited to the tastes of wine consumers around the world.
Roussillon is also notable for the appellations Banyuls and Banyuls Grand Crus, where the finest and most complex of France's vin doux naturels are found. Vins doux naturels is a style of fortified wine similar to Port, in which spirits are added to arrest the fermentation of sugar into alcohol, leaving behind a complex, strong, sweet wine capable of aging.