South West France Wine

South West France, or Sud Ouest, is a large expanse that covers several districts within the country, with the exception of Bordeaux, Languedoc, and Rousillon. The Romans were the first to produce wine here, long before Bordeaux vineyards were ever established. In the early Middle Ages, with a now established Bordeaux region, this area was referred to as “High Country.” Both areas would send their goods via tributaries of the main rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne, to other areas off the Atlantic Coast. High Country grapes ripened sooner than in Bordeaux, so the wines could be bottled and sold more quickly, which threatened Bordeaux producers who wanted their piece of the action. In the 13th and 14th century, the Bordelais established the “police des vins” which stipulated that no High Country wine could be sold until most of the Bordeaux wine left port. Barrels of South West wine would sit in storage, fetching much lower prices in the already saturated marketplace once they could Read more »

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  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of South West France

  • Gascony

      Gascony, or Gascogne, is a large region in southwest France that encompasses such appellat...

  • Basque

  • Béarn

Popular Wineries in South West France View all

  • Château Vari

    The vines of Château Vari were repurchased in 1994 by Yann Jestin, an oenologist, who immediately...

  • Alain Brumont

    PleaA great tribute from a winegrower with exceptional standards of which Alain Brumont is very p...

  • Château de Haute-Serre

    From an old Lot line, working for over a century in the wine business the Vigouroux family has ga...

  • Clos d'Yvigne

    The Clos d'Yvigne vineyard is situated at Gageac et Rouillac on the beautiful ridge of hills tha...

  • Producteurs Plaimont

    In 1979, some determined winegrowers, assisted by André Dubosc embarked on the challenge of giv...

  • Domaine du Tariquet

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South West France on Snooth

  • Domaine du Tariquet Rose de Pressee Gascogne 2014

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    Refreshing and fun to drink. Raspberry, strawberry with bright acidity. The temps have been in the high 80's and finally 90 for several days so I served this with watermelon and it worked - wonderfully. Great little quaffer - drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2013

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    Lithe and with a straw note and a slight separation ring this provides many citrus and melon noted with bright acidity that provides a refreshing and uplifting finish. Go ahead and buy 6 or 8 bottles of this. Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne 2014

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    Old world in style with low abv 12%. Smoked meat on the nose; reminded me of country ham. Red fruit with medium acidity and smooth mouth drying tannins on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Last night I started a bottle of Chateau de Sabazan Saint Mont 2012  from the co-operative group Producteurs Plaimont in south-west France with my pork chop supper. Saint Mont only got appellation status in 2011 and I thought it a little unusual [ 70% tannant,15% cabernet sauvignon.10% braucol and 5% cabernet franc ] There is an intense cherry,b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau de Sabazan Saint Mont 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.nicolas.co.uk] for £16. Saint Mont got appellation status in 2011 for red,white and rose wines from 46 communes around the medieval Benedictine Abbey which once featured on the pilgrim route to Spain and where the vineyard is still in operation.Saint Mont is located 25 miles no... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • La Combe d'Aves Michel Issaly Domaine de la Ramaye Gaillac 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.thesampler.co.uk]. Gaillac is an appellation created in 1938,although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans,for red,rose,white and sparkling wines from 50 communes around the small town of that name some 30 miles north-east of Toulouse in the Tarn valley.Ther... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Grange Neuve Bergerac Rouge 2012

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    I bought a bottle of this wine at the 2016 London France Show where I met the domaine owner.Bergerac is a large appellation created in 1936[ although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans] for red.white and rose wines from 93 communes around the town of that name in south-west France.The grape varieties are simil;ar to those u... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Poujo Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for eight pounds when I visited the London France Show where I met the Domaine owner. Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh is an appellation created in 1948 for sweet white wines from the same area as the red Madiran appellation ie 37 communes around the village of that name some 20 miles north-east of the town of Pau and 50 miles ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Mont Gravet Cotes de Gascogne 2014

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    Clean and aromatic with floral notes of ripe melon, elder flower and nectarine on the nose. This is refreshing and light while still being quite flavorful, a full palate of minerality and bright peach and green apple flavors, zesty lime and a brief tropical note on the finish. Excellent value selection.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Want to taste a very good Fronton, made with flavoured Négrette ? Try Château Viguerie de Beulaygue "Croix de l'Agneau 2007" or "Tradition 2007", both Gold medal at Paris concours 2009 ! See : http://www.vins-tarn-et-garonne.fr/?page_id=113&id=328

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  • Discover the tasty terroir wine of France South-west Tarn-et-Garonne, located between Toulouse and Cahors. Just visit http://www.vins-tarn-et-garonne.fr/

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