The CIVL generic body representing the Languedoc Rousillon region has become the first French interprofession to appoint a female president.

Miren de Lorgeril, co-owner chief executive at the 300ha Maison Lorgeril, pledged to place a strong focus on sustainability after taking on the role.

She said: “I plan to help build on the pioneering work the winemakers of this beautiful region have been developing throughout the years, which has helped give us the high quality wines we are able to offer the world today. “Sustainability is going to be at the heart of what we do here, using the savoir-faire and innovative methods of our winemakers, we plan to develop the quality of the AOC and IGP wines of the Languedoc even further.”

Languedoc Rousillon is the biggest organic wine region in Europe and accounts for 32% of organic wine production in France. It is easier to produce organically in the south of France than the north due to the climate, and production is constantly being ramped up as sustainability and environmental issues are increasingly important to the region’s producers.

It recently created the Observatoire du Développement Durable, an organisation that highlights the producers working sustainably on a digital map to help inspire others.

De Lorgeril said: “With so many winemakers of the region actively making efforts to become more sustainable, we wanted a space to enable everyone to share their ideas and innovations and also demonstrate all the activity which is taking place.”