Anybody returning to this major wine-growing region of southern France who has not been there since the 1980’s would find it quite hard to recognize: the vines have mostly left the plains and reclaimed the hillsides. Oceans of high-yielding varieties such as Aramon have been ripped out and replaced, elsewhere, by Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Many cooperative wineries have disappeared and new independent wineries have taken their place. Changing landscapes, new faces and a renewed image combine to provide a different vision of Languedoc wine. And all this is constantly evolving.