Languedoc was France's leading region for wine exports by volume in 2013 despite a minor decline in shipments, according to recent figures.

Trade body the Conseil interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc (CIVL) said earlier this week that the southern region exported almost 3.37m hectolitres of wine last year, a decline of 1.5% on 2012. Exports by value from Languedoc rose, however, by 2.2% to EUR745m (US$1.02bn).

The CIVL noted that Languedoc wines accounted for around a quarter of all French wine exports by volume last year, but its share in value terms was only 10%.

As for the region's 2013 harvest, the CIVL said it was "exceptional in terms of quality and quantity," totalling 13.5m hectolitres, up by 5.7% on the previous year.