A Vin de Pays is one grade higher, in control of origin, than the vin de table. Although usually less expensive, the actual quality can be an equal to VDQS and even AOC wines.
This Vin de Pays from the Domaine de Fonscolombe, for example, has not obtained the AOC rating because its chardonnay grapes are only a few years old. But, take it from us, the wine is excellent.
Another Vins de Pays, this 1992 Vin Primeur is intended for immediate consumption; the equivalent of the more widely know Beaujolais Nouveau. This label is from the Cave Vinicole de Venelles, a village about 8 km north of Aix-en-Provence. The control of this vin de pays is for the vintage, 1992, and the origin, Bouches-du-Rhône.