• a large and rapidly improving wine-producing area in southern France stretching along the Mediterranean coast and producing over a third of all the wine produced in France. It includes 4 of the 95 administrative départements (Aude, Gard, Hérault and Pyrénées-Orientales). Most of the wine is red, from Carignan, Cinsault, and Grenache grape varieties. There are four areas of AOC status: Fitou, Corbières, Minervois, and Coteaux du Languedoc. In its more than 500 cooperatives Languedoc-Roussillon also makes more wine of vin ordinaire quality than any other part of France, as well as a huge quantity of vin de pays, labelled as Vin de Pays d’Oc. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc are used in vins de pays (they are not permitted in the AOC wines) and are most often sold as varietals.