The day we participated in the Pangasius Food Festival, the gregarious and uber fun sister of the host surprised us with a bottle of wine. She whipped it out of nowhere and put it in Speedy’s camera bag. Last night, we finally opened the bottle of Vin de pays du Gard.
We love it! I’m not even a fan of dry wine but the Vin de pays du Gard was so fruity that I didn’t mind the dryness at all.
What is Vin de pays du Gard? It is a red wine but “vin de pays” is a distinct wine classification.
Vin de pays is a French term meaning “country wine”. Vins de pays are a step in the French wine classification which is above the table wine (Vin de table) classification, but below the VDQS and Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) classifications… Unlike table wines, which are only indicated as being from France, Vin de pays carries a geographic designation of origin, the producers have to submit the wine for analysis and tasting, and the wines have to be made from certain varieties or blends…
… Vin de Pays du Gard is one of the Vins de Pays produced within Vins de Pays d’Oc using grapes from the Gard department and the Vin de Pays de Charente-maritime is produced in the Cognac area.
And from Food Tourist:
Vins de Pays du Gard is an emerging vin de pays in the Gard département of Languedoc Roussillon which is quite close to, and shares some characteristics with, the Rhone.
Domaine de la Mordoree from Tavel produces an interesting red wine under this appellation called Re:Naissance which is an unusual mix of 50% Merlot and 50% Marselan. This is a relatively new grape variety made from crossing Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache giving a grape with small berries (like Cabernet Sauvignon) but with concentrated colour and fruit flavour.