With over 2,200 wine producers in total and 33 cooperatives, the region produces roughly 75 million bottles, of which 25% are exported.
Carignan is the dominant red grape of the region. Other grapes used, especially for blending include Syrah, Black Grenache, Mouvedre and Cinsault. For the few white wines that are produced, Roussane, Muscat, Vermentiono, Maccabeu and Terret Blanc dominate.
Recently, I visited the region and had the opportunity of taking an excursion in Corbieres in a classic 2CV Citroen, driven by one of the area’s top sommeliers. We drove in the countryside and circled the three wooded boundaries. We stopped, hiked to a legendary castle-like summit to sample local wine, which was poured by some of the area’s winemakers. I suddenly began to understand the diversity of the region, as we were perched on top of a hill, where we could see much of Corbieres terrain.
Corbieres is the largest appellation in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of southern France and is responsible for over 40% of its wine production. Red wine production dominates followed by rose and white.