Languedoc wines have a very long history, with evidence of vineyards planted by the Greeks in the 5th Century BC. This makes these the oldest vineyards of France along with some in Provence. The ancient variety Carignan can still be found growing here.
There is a wide variety of grapes planted in the Languedoc-Roussillon ranging from the traditional Rhône varietals Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Viognier, and internationals such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Chardonnay is one of the primary grapes planted in the area.