The Hérault offers probably the widest diversity of IGP (PGI) wines around and these cover almost two-thirds of the production area. Within this département, there are also a number of smaller areas which boast a specific IGP. This is the case of Coteaux de Murviel
. The Coteaux de Murviel IGP is therefore subject to the same specifications as the Hérault IGP, but it relates to a geographical area restricted to the communes of Causses-et-Veyran, Saint-Nazaire-de-Ladarez, Pailhès, Murviel-lès-Beziers, Lignan-sur-Orb and Thézan-lès-Béziers.
The Hérault département forms a vast amphitheatre facing the Mediterranean Sea. Ideally situated on the banks of the Orb coastal river, the Coteaux de Murviel IGP therefore enjoys a Mediterranean climate particularly conducive to wine growing. It is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters, with two rainy periods in autumn and spring.
The wines produced as Coteaux de Murviel IGP come from traditional Mediterranean grape varieties such as the Carignan, Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache for the reds, along with other varieties such as the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The varieties used for the Coteaux de Murviel IGP white wines include the Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu and Terret as well as the Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Viognier. The Coteaux de Murviel IGP produces admirable red, white or rosé wines which are well worth trying. Their variety can be best appreciated in the wines produced by Domaine de Ravanès and Domaine Borie La Vitarèle.