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From the banks of the Garonne to the Lot Valley and Toulouse, the South-West is simultaneously rocked by the mild humidity of the Atlantic and shaken by the rigours of the Pyrenean climate for kilometres at a stretch. It has taken some time for the region to earn itself a place on the French winemaking map, no doubt because of the strong reputation of neighbouring Bordeaux, but today it is a real contender. It primarily produces strong, distinguished reds, but there are also dry or sweet whites that perfectly match the region's cuisine, as well as some delicate rosés. The South-West's wine estates are particularly remarkable for their stunning scenery, to be endlessly discovered along the Camino de Santiago or in the footsteps of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Listed 799 winemakers
450 million bottles per year (50% white wines, 25% red wines, 25% rosés)
50 000 ha
Soil and subsoil
Varies by terroir: clay-limestone, boulbene, pebble, clay, sand and sandstone-limestone
Reds and rosés : Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Duras, Fer Servadou, Gamay, Merlot, Négrette, Punelard, Syrah, Tannat
Whites : Arrufiac, Baroque, Chenin, Colombard, Courbu Blanc, Petit Courbu, Gros Manseng, Loin de l'Oeil, Mauzac, Ondenc, Petit Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc
Vin de Pays de l'Aveyron