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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Varietals Produced in South West France View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Malbec

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Subregions of South West France

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 de Gaudou

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

  • 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...

  • Les Vignerons de Buzet

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

  • Clos La Coutale

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

  • 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

  • Expression de Saint-Mont Vignobles de Gascogne 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special offer for £5.Saint Mont is an appellation created in 2011,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red,rose and white wines from 46 communes around the medieval Benedictine abbey of that name that once featured on the pilgrim route to Spain.This is lo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Arretxea Irouleguy 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Walthamstow [www.forestwine.com] Irouleguy is an appellation created in 1990,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for red,rose and white wines from 9 communes around the village of that name.This is located in south-west France about 25 miles south-east of the tow... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Petits Clement Merlot Duras Igp Cotes du Tarn 2018

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in Cambridgeshire [www.smilinggrape.com] It is an IGP,what used to be called Vin de Pays from the Tarn valley in south-west France.It consists of 70% merlot and 30% duras,a grape unique to the Tarn valley and which has nothing to do with the Cotes de Duras appellation further north.I started the b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Fleur de Thenac Bergerac 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Hampstead [www.oddbins.co.uk] for £12. Bergerac is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans,for red,rose and white wines from 93 communes around the town of that name in south-west France.The grape varieties and the wines are similar to those of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Jolys Cuvee du Bic Jurancon 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros the last time I was in Calais.Jurancon is an appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for both dry [sec] and sweet white wines from 25 communes around the village of that name near the town of Pau not far from the Spanish border.Chateau Jolys is a well known produ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Georges Vigouroux le Temps des Vendanges France 2016

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    The malbec nicely rounds out the merlot making this a very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chateau Saint-Go Saint Mont 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 6.99 euros the last time I was in Calais.Saint Mont is an appellation created in 2011,although there has been viticulture here for centuries, for red,rose and white wines from 46 communes around the medieval Benedictine abbey of that name that once featured on the pilgim route to Spain.This is located about 25 mi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Raisin Vole Domaine Cazalet Tursan 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in Hampshire [www.stonevine.co.uk] Tursan is an appellation created in 2011,although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans,for wines from the Adour valley west of the village of Aire-sur-Adour This is located about 25 miles north of the town of Pau in south-west France close to the Spa... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Carte Noire Fronton 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for a mere two euros in Calais.Fronton,or Cotes de Frontonais as it was known before 2005.is an appellation created in 1975 for red and rose wines made from at least 50% negrette from 20 communes between the Tarn and Garonne rivers just north of the City of Toulouse.It is beleived that viticulture here goes back to t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Cos Suzanne Cahors Cuvee Tradition 2014

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    I bought a half bottle of this wine for a mere three euros on a visit to Calais. Cahors is an appellation created in 1971,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for red wines only made of a minimum of 70% malbec [known as cot or auxerois in these parts] from 7 communes around the town of Cahors in the valley of the Ri... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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