The IGP du Gard
(PGI) designation is closely associated with the Costières de Nîmes AOC. If the wine producers add grape varieties which are not authorized in the AOC, the wine can be declassified to IGP du Gard. The climate and terroir of the IGP du Gard designation are exactly the same as those of the AOC. Red, white and rosé wines are produced under the designation.
The IGP du Gard wine producing area spans 24 communes and 25,000 hectares of hills and plateaux between 20 and 100 metres altitude, only half of which are planted. The Mediterranean climate with maritime influences has three important features: over 250 days of sunshine per year, rainfall concentrated over a few days, and the Mistral wind that blows and “cleanses” the vineyard. Thanks to the local groundwater, the vines never suffer in the summer drought. These different elements produce grapes with high natural potential and high sugar content.
The grapes planted for the red and rosé wines of the IGP du Gard are Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. For the whites, the main varieties are Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Maccabeu and Rolle. Château Mourgues du Grès, Mas Montel and Domaine Roc d'Anglade produce wines in which the finest qualities of the IGP du Gard designation can be fully appreciated.