France - Corbieres
Corbières is the largest AOC in Languedoc producing almost half of the AC wines there. The AOC was created in 1985, covering 13,500 ha.
95% of Corbières wines are red; Carignan is the most common grape variety though more Mourvèdre is grown along with Syrah and Grenache giving wines similar in style to Minervois with concentrated fruit and a weightier finish.
For red wines, a minimum of two grape varieties must be grown and in the final blend one has to be a principal variety which must represent at least 40% of the blend. No single variety can make up more than 80% of the wine
Due to its size and geography, Corbières encompasses an enormous variety of soil types and micro-climates. The wines from the region tend to be just as varied as the terroir, with a most dramatic landscape of limestone and volcanic rock.