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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Producteurs Plaimont

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

  • Château de Gaudou

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

  • Domaine du Tariquet

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  • Château Vari

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

  • Château de Haute-Serre

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

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