IGP du Tarn wines aim to join Pays d’Oc

Thursday October 29 2020 by Vitisphere

 “Within the appellation, we have worked on our typicity and are considering applying for Cru status. We need a fall-back solution with good price points for IGP wines”, explains Cédric Carcenac. “Within the appellation, we have worked on our typicity and are considering applying for Cru status. We need a fall-back solution with good price points for IGP wines”, explains Cédric Carcenac. - Photo credit : Village de Gaillac (IVSO)

As one of South-West France’s most Languedoc-minded wine regions, Gaillac is hoping to incorporate its Protected Geographical Indication (IGP) into neighbouring Pays d'Oc. The prospect of a merger was raised originally at the end of 2018 (when IGP du Sud-Ouest was phased out), but there are now new developments. The board of the AOC Gaillac producers’ organisation adopted a motion last summer in support of an application for IGP Côtes-du-Tarn to join IGP Pays d'Oc.

The topic was a hot potato because it needed time... Discussions have now taken place and for the vast majority of the wine region, the strategy is clear, as much for the people involved as for volumes”, says winegrower Cédric Carcenac, chairman of the producers’ organisation. “We now have our work cut out for us”, points out Carcenac.

Preferring not to go into detail, Alain Gayrel, chairman of IGP Côtes-du-Tarn, is undeniably satisfied to see the issue he supports move forward: “The IGP officially approved the plans a year and a half ago, but it wasn’t sensible to get the ball rolling without the support of the appellation. Now there is a unanimous opinion in the Tarn region to, potentially, set in motion a possible application for membership of IGP Oc”.

The rationale behind merging IGP Côtes-du-Tarn with Pays d'Oc is based on size – the former being much smaller than the latter. According to estimates by IGP Côtes-du-Tarn, out of the 100 to 150,000 hl produced annually, the additional volume of bulk wine would represent 40 to 60,000 hl (less than 1% of Pays d'Oc). Côtes-du-Tarn producers also point to their Atlantic growing conditions, enabling them to produce the kind of fresh styles in demand due to climate change.

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