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As in Provence, wine has been produced in Languedoc for more than 2000 years. The Greeks, and later the Romans, established colonies to produce wine and olives.

In later times the area produced high volumes of weaker wine to blend with the strong wine imported from the North African colonies. During the 1960’s the vines were replanted with the high volume, stronger, but undistinguished Carignan grapes.

With the worldwide excess production of wine the Languedoc area has been actively replanting with varieties intended to produce better quality wines. Today, increasingly, Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, Cinsaut, Mourvedre, Sauvignon and  Viognier are used for wine making. Languedoc is becoming a respected producer of quality wines, and many domains produce wines that command high prices.

As in historical times, production of sweet wines, such as Muscat de Lunel continues along the coastal plains.

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