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...

  • Tannat

    History of the grape: Tannat has been growing in southwest France for many centuries. The grape has the distinction o...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in South West France View all

  • Château de Haute-Serre

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

  • 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 Vari

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

  • Clos d'Yvigne

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

  • Château Bellevue La Forêt

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

  • Clos La Coutale

    The Clos La Coutale, a 60 hectares estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial floor of...

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