The French wine appellations body, the INAO, has approved the transformation of the Languedoc AOC with its production area enlarged to include all of the AOC appellations in Languedoc Roussillon.  

The creation of a regional appellation has been driven for the past 18 months or so by the four Languedoc wine trade bodies that have formed the Inter Sud France federation. 

The AOC Languedoc is one of the pillars of a more simplified offering for the region's wines, especially for exports. The move one also sees the creation of a common brand - "Sud de France" or South of France.