The French wine appellations body, the INAO, has approved four new appellations.

The INAO said late last week that it has cleared the creation of two new appellations and extended two existing ones.

The new AOCs, Orléans and Orléans-Cléry, are situated in the Loire valley. Orléans is the larger area and will cover red, rosé and white wines with Pinot and Chardonnay the flagship varietals. Orléans-Cléry will produce only red wine and have Cabernet Franc as its signature grape.

Of the two extended appellations, Chaume will become a distinct region outside the existing AOC of Coteaux du Lyon.

Meanwhile, Pézenas will become a new denomination of the Coteaux de Languedoc AOC, which itself will be extended to cover Collioure, Côtes du Roussillon, Corbières, Cabardès, Limoux and Minervois.

The INAO hopes the extension will be a first step towards creating a regional Languedoc AOC.