JP Chenet Cabernet Syrah
Vin de Pays (VDP), the French national equivalent of the Europe-wide IGP (Indication Geographique Protegee), is a quality category of French wine, positioned between Vin de Table (VDT) and Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC). This layer of the French appellation system was initially introduced in September 1968 by the INAO, the official appellation authority. It underwent several early revisions in the 1970s, followed by substantial changes in September 2000 and again in 2009, when all existing VDP titles were automatically registered with the European Union as IGPs. Producers retain the choice of whether to use the VDP or IGP titles on their labels, or both – in the form 'IGP-Vin de Pays'. (© Proprietary Content, Wine-Searcher.) There are now more than 150 VDP/IGP titles, covering locations mostly in the southern third of France.