Top 100 wines of Vin de Pays

Discover the top 100 best wines of Vin de Pays as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular of Vin de Pays and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Vin de Pays

Vin de Pays (VDP), the French national equivalent of PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) at the European level, is a quality category of French wines, positioned between Vin de Table (VDT) and Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). This layer of the French appellation system was initially introduced in September 1968 by the INAO, the official appellation authority. It underwent several early revisions in the 1970s, followed by substantial changes in September 2000 and again in 2009, when all existing VDT titles were automatically registered with the European Union as PGI. Producers retain the choice of using either the VDP or PGI titles on their labels, or both - in the form "IGP-Vin de Pays".

There are now more than 150 VDP/IGP titles, mainly covering the southern third of France. The "Vin de Pays" level is intended to benefit both consumers and wine producers. It allows consumers to know clearly where a wine comes from, while producers are empowered to produce wine outside the constraints of traditional AOC laws. The most obvious freedoms are the higher yields allowed and a more comprehensive list of permitted Grape varieties.

Discover the grape variety: Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng is a white grape variety of Pyrenean origin. Its small berries have a hard, well-ventilated skin, which allows Petit Manseng to resist grey rot. On the other hand, this variety is very sensitive to noble rot, which concentrates the aromas and makes it possible to produce remarkable sweet wines with flavours of exotic fruits, grapefruit, honey, gingerbread, etc. Rich in alcohol and acidity, these wines are very well balanced and very fine. petit manseng also produces fruity dry white wines. It is also used in the AOC Béarn, Jurançon, Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh, Tursan...

Food and wine pairing with a wine of Vin de Pays

wines from the region of Vin de Pays go well with generally quite well with dishes of pasta, vegetarian or poultry such as recipes of lasagna with courgettes and fresh goat cheese, goat cheese and bacon quiche or milanese cutlets like in italy.

Organoleptic analysis of wine of Vin de Pays

On the nose in the region of Vin de Pays often reveals types of flavors of minerality, green apple or tropical and sometimes also flavors of apples, pear or passion fruit. In the mouth in the region of Vin de Pays is a powerful with a nice freshness.

News from the vineyard of Vin de Pays

Walls: Domaine de la Janasse, Vieilles Vignes 2011-2000 vertical

Some Châteauneufs are more reliable than others. When I visit the region to taste the new vintage every year, Domaine de la Janasse’s cuvée Vieilles Vignes regularly features among the best. It’s a particularly dense and concentrated wine when young, and it always strikes me that, even for Châteauneuf, it’s a wine that needs extended ageing to show its best. I was keen to acquire a more complete understanding of how this cuvée develops, so I visited brother-and-sister team Isabelle and Christoph ...

Sussex wine producers celebrate after earning PDO status

Producers including Rathfinny, Ridgeview and Bolney embarked upon their quest to turn Sussex into an appellation back in 2015. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has now finally recognised Sussex wine as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). It will enter the register on 5 July, 2022, giving Sussex wine the same legal status as Jersey Royal potatoes, Cornish clotted cream and Stilton cheese. Mark Driver, the former hedge fund manager who set up Rathfinny Wine Estat ...