In 2006 the Languedoc Roussillon had 268000 hectares under vine.
The total volume produced was 16,044,000 hectolitres (1 hectolitre = 100 litres= 133 standard bottles (75cl)) Therefore the total production was 2,139,146,520 (that is 2.1 billion bottles!!!)
The split for this is:
69 % Red
18 % Rose
Of the total production:
19 % is Appellation Controlee.....meant to be the best.
54% is Vin de Pays....literally 'Country Wine' where you can mention the grape varieties on the label.
27% is Vin de Table...the rest.
The principal grape varieties planted:
Carignan 52000 hectares(ha)
Grenache 45000 ha
Cabernet Sauvignon 19000ha
Total red:205000 hectares.
Carignan is still the most extensively planted grape variety. Although it is regarded as a bit of a weed and usually blended with other grapes it can still produce stunning wines...as long as the vines are old.
Chardonnay 12000 hectares (ha)
Muscat(s) 8000 ha
Sauvignon Blanc 6000 ha
Grenache Blanc 4000 ha
Total white:30000 hectares.
I believe that Chardonnay was only introduced to the Languedoc area in 1978. Its global domination is continuing!
72% Cave Cooperatives
26% Independent Winemakers