As the largest wine-producing region in the world, one comes across an enormous number of names when approaching wines from the Languedoc-Roussilon region: they range from broad regional designations like Vin de Pays d'Oc to very specific geographical classifications with restrictions on grape variety, like Corbières and Minervois. Today, the region represents one of the best examples of a serious producer of excellent wines at value prices. Wines from this part of France tend to be blends that are fruit-forward and full-bodied, with much of the region located near the south of France along the Mediterranean, and situated in a warm, sunny climate. However, the region extends inland and the mountainous topography in these parts contributes to the production of some wonderful lighter-bodied red and white wines. These days, given the rapidly improving quality of this region's wines, the vast array of varietals and styles to explore, and the approachable prices, Languedoc-Rousillon is enjoying some well-deserved attention.