Ciatti France / Europe
The Ciatti Europe office was established in 1998. We pride ourselves on being a pioneer in the importation of wine to Northern Europe and Germany. Our team’s expertise, proximity and knowledge of the local European market are one of our key advantages within the European wine industry.
The Ciatti Europe office is responsible for all wine industry solutions around Europe, including a specific focus on France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and the UK. Ciatti France is part of the “French Brokers Syndicate”, connecting us to the major players in the French wine industry and keeping us up to date in the latest movements in the market. From the single family estates to the largest union of coops, our multinational multilingual team offers a breadth of services to fit all your needs.
The office moved in October 2011 to return to Montpellier. Located only 5 minutes from the highway, and close to the newest Rugby World Cup stadium, please drop in if you are in the area!
261 Chemin de Poutingon
34070 Montpellier, France
Phone: 33. 467.913535
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More About French Wine
The Languedoc vineyard history begins with the Greeks many eras before our era, when they insert the vines 5 centuries before J.C. And it is like many others French vineyards that it takes off with the Romans impulsion when they took the country back from the Greeks. Since then the viticulture is playing a vital role in the regional economy!
Main AOP (36 in total): AOP Languedoc, AOP Languedoc Grès de Montpellier, AOP Languedoc St Georges d’Orques, AOP St Chinian, AOP Faugères, AOP Pic St Loup, AOP Picpoul de Pinet, AOP Muscat de Mireval
Main IGP (22 in total): IGP Pays d’Oc, IGP Hérault, IGP Gard, IGP Aude, …
Key numbers :
- 224 000 hectares vineyard spreading over 4 departments (Aude, Gard, Hérault and Pyrénées-Orientales) It’s the world biggest vineyard !
- Around 22 000 producers
- 13.6 million hectoliters (14% Rosé, 76% Red and 10% White)
- The Languedoc Roussillon represent 33% of the French production and 5% of the world production
- 1rst Organic vineyard in France with 22 000 hectares witch represent 36 % of the French organic vineyard and 7 % of the world organic vineyard
The Languedoc Roussillon is a Mediterranean climate region : Summers are hot and dry, autumns and springs are sweets even if some morning frosts are possible, winters are sunny and not too cold : temperatures rarely go below 0°C.
The pluviometry is weak and the Tramontane (a local wind) wich is often felt, allows vines to be dried and prevent sickness.
Some numbers :
Average annual temperature : 13.9°C
Between 2500 and 3000 sunshine hours per years
Between 500 and 700 rain millimeters per years
Because of its size, the Languedocian vineyard present a large diversity of terroirs :
Schists, Pebble stones, Sandstones, Marl, Limestones, Clay, Sand, Molasse, …
AOP main grape varieties
Red : Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah are the main varieties in addition with that we can add Carignan, Malbec (or Côt) and Cinsault.
White : Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Vermentino (or Rolle), Muscat à Petit Grain, Roussanne, Marsanne, …
IGP main grape varieties
Red : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Marselan, Pinot Noir, Grenache Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cinsault, …
White : Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Muscat Petit Grain, Grenache Blanc, Colombard, …
The Romans, great colonizers of the Provence, Rhône Valley and Narbonne, bring back with them the first vines to plant in the South Ouest of France.
Those Romans introduce Wine instead of Beer as the most important beverage of the civilized people!
Main AOP (29 in total) : AOP Cahors, AOP Jurançon, AOP Fronton, AOP Gaillac, …
Main IGP (13 in total) : IGP du Compté Tolosan, IGP Côtes du Tarn, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, IGP Aveyron, …
- 50 000 hectares vineyard spreading over 13 departments
- Around 8 000 producers
- 2.4 million hectoliters (46% Red, 13% Rosé, 33% Dry White, 8% Sweet White, 0.2% Sparkling
- Sud-Ouest Region represent 6% of the French wine, it is the fourth vineyard of France
The climate there is very contrasted.
At south, the Pyrenean vineyard implanted in altitude undergo a double climate influence : mildness and humidity from the Atlantic ocean and climatic rigor generated by the Pyrenean mountains.
The Sud-Ouest Center (Gers, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne and Ariège), situated halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean sea, is also experiencing a double climatic influence.
At North in the Lot and Aveyron department, the climate is more continental, it is marked with a summer dryness.
Some numbers :
Average annual temperature : 11.5°C
Between 1700 and 2000 sunshine hours per years
Between 1300 and 1700 rainfall millimeters per years
A huge geological variety largely contributes to the diversity of the locals wines. We can identify some principal soils types : Molasse, Clay, Limestone, Sand, Aluvial soil, Sedimentary rocks, Pebble stones, …
Main grape varieties:
Red: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Malbec (ou Côt), Fer Servadou, Merlot, Négrette, Syrah, Tannat
White: Chenin, Colombard, Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Loin de l'œil, Mauzac, Sauvignon Blanc, …