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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Bellevue La Forêt

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

    The Château Saint-Christophe is an independent family-owned vintner from the Bordeaux area in F...

  • Château Vari

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

  • Domaine du Tariquet

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  • Les Vignerons de Buzet

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

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South West France on Snooth

  • 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


  • Chateau Miaudoux Saussignac 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from Cadman Fine Wines for £12. Saussignac is an appellation set up in 1982,although there has been viticulture in the area for centuries,for sweet white wines only from 4 communes south-west of Bergerac adjacent to the Monbazillac appellation.Chateau Miaudoux is a small property in this area and my bottle is a blend... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Prieure de Cenac 2012

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    Normally, I'm not a fan of Malbec. It's too dry. This French Malbec was a pleasant surprise. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Chateau Louvignes Gaillac Blanc Sec 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £5.50.Gaillac is an appellation created in 1938,although viticulture in the area goes back at least as far as the Romans,for red,rose,white and sparkling wines from 50 communes around the small town of that name some 50 miles north-east of Toulouse in the Tarn valley Chateau Louvignes is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Jean Cros Gaillac 1989

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £3.20 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/127820.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 50 miles north-east of Toulouse in the Tarn v... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Very witty I had beef stew last night and I opened a beautiful bottle of syrah. It was a 'Chateau de Cabidos Syrah de Cabidos' from a small estate just north of the town of Pau in south-west France.The winemaker is a Thai lady and I reckon she is doing a superb job because this stuff is excellent and could easily be from one of the better northe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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