In 1945, the first Vins De Qualité Supérieure (VDQS) appeared thanks to the efforts of Philippe Lamour and Jules Milhau.
From 1945 to 1960, many wines achieved VDQS status : the current 12 terroirs as well as Faugères and Saint-Chinian. In parallel,the Clairette du Languedoc was awarded AOC status in 1948, one of the first. in the region.
In 1960 Jules Milhau, Gilbert Senès et Philippe Lamour tried to bring all the region’s VDQS together under the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation, but only the current Coteaux group (12 terroirs, Faugères and St Chinian) agreed.
The Coteaux du Languedoc decree published 16 December 1960 (49 communes). Since then, boundary extensions mean that various neighbouring communes have joined it..
For several years, the work consisted of moving individual production techniques forward so as to ensure they conformed to a future Appellation Controlée decree in such a way as to avoid any breakup of the group when the AOC came into being. Early on an overall reorganization took place in June 1980 merging basic VSQS regulations with those of the Coteaux du Languedoc.
In 1982, Faugères and Saint-Chinian joined the 'AOC, then on 24 December 1985 the Coteaux du Languedoc.
In 1985, (24 December), the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation was recognized as AOC.
In 1988, it became possible to produce AOC white wines throughout the Appellation (hitherto this had been restricted to La Clape and Picpoul de Pinet).
In 2007, The Languedoc appellation was confirmed by the decree of 30 April. It was the result of the increased size of the Coteaux du Languedoc; thus the AOC Languedoc now stretched from the Spanish border to the outskirts of NÎmes and includes vineyards in the whole Languedoc appellation controlee area
* Decree published in the official journal of 3 May 2007.