Côtes De Thongue Wine Region
Located around the historic town of Pézenas in the Hérault, the Vin de Pays (IGP) Côtes de Thongue covers some 23 villages and varied limestone-based soils covered with the Rhône's famous pudding stones (galets roulés). Gently undulating landscapes and rolling hills with glimpses of the distant coast allow 65 growers and 6 co-ops to plant a huge range of 100+ varieties that are made into 30% each white and rosé and 40% red. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier dominate white production with Merlot, Syrah and Grenache for reds and pinks. With rare grapes such as Aramon planted alongside outsiders Zinfandel and Pinotage, it's a panoply of styles that come together when making blends. With 80% vineyards certified organic, biodynamic and Haute Valeur Environnementale, efforts for sustainable production are increasing.