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Description to Aude

Department in the south of France on the Mediterranean coast with the capital Carcasonne in the political region of Occitania. It was named after the river Aude. It lies between the two départements Pyrénées-Orientales (south) and Hérault (northeast). Like these, it is part of the Languedoc region with the extensive AOC area of the same name. The vineyards cover a total of almost 100,000 hectares. This is an ancient wine-growing region, the first vineyards were planted here by the Romans when Narbonne was the capital of Gaul.

die Hauptstadt Carcasonne von der Aude aus gesehen

The AOC areas account for around 20% of the vineyards. These are Blanquette de Limoux, Cabardés, Corbières, Corbières-Boutenac, Crémant de Limoux, Fitou, Limoux, Malepère, Minervois and Quatourze.

The IGP area covering the entire département is called Aude. This can be supplemented by the following narrower, geographical designations: Coteaux de la Cabrerisse, Coteaux de Miramont, Côtes de Lastours, Côtes de Prouilhe, Hauterive, La Côte Rêvée, Pays de Cucugnan, Val de Cesse and Val de Dagne Other independent IGP areas are Cité de Carcassonne, Coteaux de Narbonne, Coteaux de Peyriac (can be supplemented with Haut de Badens), Haute Vallée de l'Aude, Le Pays Cathare, Vallée du Torgan and Vallée du Paradis. Aude is also part of the huge supra-regional IGP area Pays d'Oc.

For IGP-Aude, 32 varieties are authorised for the red wines (5 ), rosé wines and white wines (15 %) from which varietal wines and cuvées are made. The most important red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc, Carignan Noir(Mazuelo), Marselan, Merlot, Grenache Noir(Garnacha Tinta), , Mourvèdre(Monastrell), Pinot Noir and Syrah. The most important white wine varieties are Chardonnay, Chasan, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino and Viognier. The yield is limited to a maximum of 80 hl/ha. A speciality here is the Vin de liqueur Cartagène.

By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT - Photographed by himself, CC BY 3.0, Link


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