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VIRTUAL EVENT - West Midlands Regional Group: December meeting - The geology of wine in southern France

08 December 2020
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Evening meeting, Lecture, Regional Group, Virtual event
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Join the West Midlands Regional Group of the Geological Society for their online December evening meeting.

The meeting will begin at 6:30pm.

Geology and Wine in Southern France

Languedoc-Roussillon is the largest wine-producing region in the world. Its varied geology and structure provide a great variety of terrains and microclimates for vine growing, resulting in a broad range of wine styles. During the talk, we will take a roughly clockwise tour, starting near the Spanish border. Two east-west trending mountain belts – the younger Pyrenees in the south, and the older Montagne Noire-Cévennes in the north - are separated by the Aquitaine-Languedoc Foreland Basin, filled by Late Cretaceous to Eocene continental and shallow marine sediments. Basin sediments were involved in N-S compression during Pyrenean mountain building, when the Iberian plate collided with southern Europe: the resultant E-W ridges and valleys are exploited for viticulture. Post- Pyrenean sedimentary basins and Quaternary volcanoes related to extensional tectonics provide added interest. Superb outcrops and scenery, combined with the Mediterranean climate and fine food and wine, make for memorable fieldwork experiences.
More information on the area is available:

Wine tasting during the talk Further details


Roger Suthren (University of Derby)


Registration is required to attend the meeting. To reserve a place, please email the committee via We will respond in advance of the meeting with the relevant access details.


This is a virtual meeting via Zoom.


Please contact the West Midlands Regional Group via with any enquiries.