One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The third-highest French classification of wine, indicating that the wine meets certain standards including area of production, strength, and quality.
- ‘The French vin de pays section is very strong and there is a fine port selection.’
- ‘Not only famous for being the Oc in vin de pays d' Oc, the area in the south-west of France also has some good, relatively inexpensive appellations.’
- ‘Near Lannes, a little further south, is the Domaine de Cazeaux, stately home of Eric Kauffer, who produces Armagnac, vin de pays de l' Agenais and Floc de Gascogne, his own invention, an aperitif made from Armagnac and wine.’
- ‘By 1997 vins de pays constituted 27 per cent of all French wine produced and the long-term aim is to upgrade even more of the production of the vast Languedoc-Roussillon regions from vin de table to vin de pays.’
- ‘Some of these locally specific vins de pays names are virtually unused, some of the smaller ones have been developed as commercially useful exclusivities by individual merchants, and many of them are unknown outside their district of origin.’
French, literally ‘wine of the region’.
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