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The appellation is located in the very west of the Languedoc wine region in the department of Aude (sometimes it is considered to be part of the southwest region of France). The vineyards cover 1,800 hectares of vines at an altitude of around 160 metres above sea level on a combination of light and stony clay and limestone soils. They extend over 41 communes on the southern slopes of the upper Aude valley, with Limoux, the main town nearest to Carcassonne. Protected by the Pyrenees, the climate is oceanic-Mediterranean. Limoux became famous for its sparkling wines, which were already produced in the 16th century. There are three appellations:

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