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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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 Tirecul La Gravière

    Rising in tiers at an altitude of 60 to 100 metres, all the vines are facing North and East. A re...

  • Château de Haute-Serre

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

  • Les Vignerons de Buzet

    Gascony is bordered by the Ocean, the Pyrenees and the Garonne. At the heart of this magical regi...

  • Domaine du Tariquet

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  • Château de Gaudou

    Cahors a noble and strong name, Cahors a city, a vineyard, and more importantly a Wine. These thr...

  • Château Bellevue La Forêt

    The history of Fronton's vineyards are tied to the history of this southwest region of France whi...

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South West France on Snooth

  • Old School Rose 2013

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    Biodynamic Earthy and dry on the nose with floral aromas and a nice beeswax notes along with a hint of white pepper. Supple on entry with nicely integrated acids. the flavor profile leans a little towards the spicy end of the spectrum as well with strawberry fruit framed with accents of black raspberry fruit and a bit of inky spice. easy drink... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Old School Rose 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Had a very good Minervois over the last couple of nights Chateau Saint Jacques d'Alba  Minervois  2004 plenty of fruit, well structured tannins and a hint of pepper or spice ,another example of how the south-west of France is moving from quantity to quality in its wine.I still have a bottle of the 2009 vintage in my cupboard to look forward to. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau du Cedre Heritage Cahors Malbec 2011

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    Wonderful, rich wine at a great price. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • We tried six wines at a free Whole Foods wine tasting event last night, and three were quite tasty so we bought one of each.  The tasting started with an El Perro Verde Rueda, which has Verdejo grapes from the Rueda plateau in north-central Spain.  I sensed grapefruit and other citrus flavors with this one and it's one of the three we selected. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Ok, here's the site: about-france.com, proffering 'French wines--a short guide'. Maybe you have to be just a little wine-geeky and well interested in French wines to catch the absurdity, but I wonder how many poor souls have been led astray by the very confused writer up to now? Too many people tend to believe published material, even on the Int... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Merlot Rafale Vin de Pays d'Oc les Vigneron Catalans 2007

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    Jammy with a little bit of spice. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Berticot Cuvee Premiere Sauvignon-Sec 2011

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    Fruity melon light, pleasant aftertaste Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Montus Madiran 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • La Cave d'Augustin Florent Monbazillac 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by sfquixote


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