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A review of the region.

If the Pays d’Oc was a wine producing country, it would be the fifth largest country in the world; quite a feat if you stop and consider it. One out of every ten bottles of wine produced in France comes from the Pays d’Oc, and while much of this is what we might casually refer to as supermarket wine, there are wines at all quality levels emerging from the Pays d’Oc, and almost all are excellent values.
One advantage the region has over virtually all of France, even Europe for that matter, is that besides some regulations governing yields, the producers of the Pays d’Oc are free to plant what they want. In fact, today there are 56 grape varieties being produced as wine in the region. Used as we are to the concept of a variety being ‘right’ for a specific region, this might seem odd. The truth is that the Pays d’Oc encompasses terroir as varied as narrow valleys in the Pyrenees, to alluvial flood plains close to the coast, and limestone as one moves closer in towards the Cevennes mountains that run parallel to much of France’s Mediterranean coast. This helps create the unique weather patterns that allow the region such varietal flexibility.

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