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Largest of the seven regional areas for the production of IGP wines (formerly Landwein) in France. The other six are Atlantique, Comtés Rhodaniens, Comté Tolosan, Méditerranée, Terres du Midi and Val de Loire. It is located deep in the south of the country on the Mediterranean Sea and includes the dual region of Languedoc-Roussillon in the four departments of Aude, Gard, Hérault and Pyrénées-Orientales. The Greeks and later the Romans brought viticulture to the area in ancient times. Several wine routes also pass through the vast area, these are Via Domitia (the first Roman road in Gaul), the Canal du Midi (connecting Toulouse with the Mediterranean at Sète) and the part of the Way of Saint James that passes through the area. In 1987, the designation "Vin de Pays d'Oc" was created and changed to "Pays d'Oc IGP" by the EU wine market regulation that came into force in 2009 (see also under quality system).

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