This vast wine region covers most of France’s southern coast, from western Provence to the border of Spain near Perpignan. As one would expect, the Mediterranean climate promotes fruity, light whites, a panoply of rosé, and juicy, often blustery reds. For many years, this region was considered only for bulk, cooperative made wines, but in the last two decades there has been an uptick in quality, coupled with a reduction in quantity. Pockets of high-quality premium wines can be found especially in appellations like Minervois, Fitou and Faugères.
Cuisines are varied and often cary a Catalan and Arab influence. Lamb and boar are common inland, while fresh ocean fish and Mediterranean vegetables are part of the regular rotation near the coasts.