Pays d'OC IGP

Pays d'Oc IGP

Pays d’Oc IGP is an official quality label certified by Bureau Véritas Quality France.
It is recognised by the European Union and is a collective brand. Pays d’Oc IGP represents 2,700 companies and in 2009, 707 million bottles (equivalent) were sold under the label. Pays d’Oc IGP wines must be produced in the “Pays d’Oc” production area in the Languedoc-Roussillon (made up of the Hérault, Aude, Gard and Pyrénées-Orientales départements and also 4 areas in Lozère).

Mono-varietal, bi-varietal or blend?

The winemaker can create a Pays d’Oc IGP varietal wine from one, two or several grape varieties*. For a bi-varietal or blended wine, he creates a balance by toying with the aromas and characteristics of each Pays d’Oc IGP grape used.
  • Mono-varietal: the Pays d’Oc IGP wine is made from one grape variety
  • Bi-varietal : the Pays d’Oc IGP wine is made from two grape varieties.
  • Blending: the Pays d’Oc IGP wine is made from at least three grape varieties.
*Grape variety = vine variety characterised by the shape of its leaves and bunches

The range of Pays d’Oc IGP wines:

  • Still-wine is the name given to all wines that are not sparkling. This means they do not contain CO2 bubbles.
  • Wine made from over-ripened grapes is a sweet wine (link to Did you know?)
  • Vins de primeur are released on the third Thursday in October. They are the first wines of the year. The Primeur Pays d’Oc IGP is a festive wine that symbolises the end of the harvest and a new vintage.