Since Antiquity, the region of South West produces a large variety of
unique wines due to its variety of climate (even though Atlantic type
of climate is dominant) but also and mostly due to its varieties of
soils and vine types.
The vine varieties of the wine of South West
Even tough all
of the most classic vine types are used in the region, some
appellations have preserved their ancestral vine varieties thus putting
the emphasis on the uniqueness of these wines :
> The Duras for wines from Aveyron (Côtes de Millau and
d'Estaing) and from Gaillac. Gives a slight peppers taste.
> La Negrette: typical vine from Fronton
> Le Tannat: for the Madiran and the Côtes de Saint Mont.
Powerful vine with a red berries taste
> Le Mauzac : for the white Gaillac especially for the famous
Blanquette de Limoux
> Le Petit Manseng: for the Jurançon and the Pacherenc with
cinnamon aromas, crystallized fruits and ripped peaches
> Le Gros Manseng: for the Côtes de Saint Mont, the Côtes de
Gascogne in order to produces dry or sweet wines.
The wine appellations of the South West
and the quality of the wine of South West of France have emerged in
many appellations: Bergerac, Buzet, Cahors, Duras, Fronton, Gaillac,
Jurançon, Madiran, Pacherenc