Boomerangs, sunscreen, ice cream, adhesive labels, pianos, violins, scooters, slippers and even pool tables are some of the things that are made in Occitanie. For our purposes, the French Winophiles are more interested in the drink that has our affections: wine.
Occitanie is the area that many of us call the Languedoc or Languedoc-Rousillion – these names aren’t incorrect, they are just part of the larger department of Occitanie which was adopted on June 23, 2016 to encompass Languedoc + Roussillon + Midi-Pyrénées.
Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie region shares, “The new name is a unifying symbol that represents our collective ambitions and our common identity. It will be our banner nationally and internationally and will be enriched with a permanent reference to the Pyrénées and the Mediterranean in the Region’s institutional communications.”
Sud de France is the organization that supports and promotes the food and wine of Occitanie – including Languedoc-Rousillion and, according to the The Drinks Business, “More than 75% of the wines from the South West region, which fall into the Midi-Pyrénées.”
“The extension of the Sud de France brand to include products from the new region Occitanie is very exciting news,” Isabelle Kanaan, executive director of Sud de France in the UK, told The Drinks Business.
“Both Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées regions are very complementary and their combined strength means that Occitanie is now the largest region in France for wine, agriculture and organic agriculture, with the Sud de France brand providing one easy point of access to it all.”
The French Winophiles
If that all sounds interesting to you, we’ve got a round up of top-notch articles cover food, wine, travel and culture of the Occitanie regions.
Martin from Enofylz > 2014 Domaine L’Ostal Cazes “Grand Vin” Minervois La Livinière #Winophiles
Nicole from Somm’s Table > Domaine de Majas Côtes Catalanes Blanc with Butter Poached Salmon and White Asparagus
Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm > Celebrating Languedoc with Cassoulet
Gwen from Wine Predator > Grilled Cheese with 4 Affordable Wines from Occitanie: new name for a fave region in France
Jane from Always Ravenous > Rustic Sausage Kale Pasta with Languedoc Wine
Melanie from Wining with Mel > French kiss: a glimpse into the food and wine of Languedoc
Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla > An Easy Dinner with Anchoïade and Mas Cavalier de Lascaux
Olivier from In Taste Buds We Trust > Boutenac: Balance in the Languedoc
Lynn from Savor the Harvest > Making Great Wines in the Languedoc-Rousillion #Winophiles
From me here at L’occasion > New Roots Along the Canal du Midi