This area is the largest wine producing area of France; the Greeks were the first winemakers, followed by the Romans; during the Middle Age, the development of monasteries and abbeys contributed to extend the vineyard; later the new harbours of the Mediterranean Sea and the opening of the "Canal du Midi" contributed to set up the reputation of the area. During the Twentieth Century known for mass production, the area improved a lot over the past thirty years. The area is running along the Mediterranean Sea from the city of Leucate to the Camargue area and inland to the Cévennes foothills on the North side, until the city of Carcassonne. The Languedoc includes Aude, Gard and Hérault areas. It offers a large variety of soils and climates, from which are issued reds, whites and rosés as well as sweet and sparkling wines.