A common name for the varied array of vineyards of southern France spreading from Marseille to the Spanish border. Languedoc-Roussillon lies on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and is Frances most valued wine region in regards to volume of wine produced. Most of the vines in the region are planted on flat alluvial plains. The climate of region is Mediterranean in all areas except for the far western limits. The main Grape of region is the Carigan with Grenache close behind it. The main white variety is the chardonnay.