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History

  • histoire_bateau.jpgThese "Marine" vineyards on the edge of the Thau Lagoon are amongst the oldest on the Mediterranean; they are crossed by the Via Domitienne and close to the historic ports of Sète and Agde. The area’s dry and sweet white wines, originally named the "Vin de Picardan", have been known for centuries thanks to the "Piquepoul" grape which thrives here, winning a constant battle with winds and tides.
  • In 1886, the viticulture professor G. Foex wrote : "Wine from the Piquepoul gris, commonly known as Picpoul, is one of the best white wines in the Midi".
  • The "Picpoul de Pinet" was recognized as a V.D.Q.S. in a decree of 26 November 1954.histoire_table.jpg
  • The decree promoting it to AOC Coteaux du Languedoc status was agreed on 24 December 1985.
  • The "Picpoul de Pinet" is an official separate entity in the Crus du Languedoc hierarchy and is on the way to being recognized as an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée in its own right within the overall Languedoc hierarchy.

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