From the Basque country to Aveyron, in the south the Pyrenees and in the north the central Massif. The Sud-Ouest vineyards stretch out in 12 departments, accounting for an area of almost 500 km wide. The culture of winemaking exists for centuries here, with the first plantations planted by the Gauls, before the arrival of the Romans. The expertise was later developed under the leadership of convents and monasteries, located on the road to Santiago de Compostela.
Spread on 33 200 hectares with a production of more than 1.5 million hectoliters annually, nobody can imagine the harsh times these region has been through. Caught between the Pyrenees and the Massif Central, the region lacked roads. Moreover, their "small production" ,already weakened by phylloxera, was always overshadowed by their big neighbour Bordeaux.
It was not until the 70s that the Sud-Ouest went all out for his own identity: an extraordinary diversity of soils, climate and grape varieties, with an extensive range of tastes. The climate varies between oceanic, mountain climate and Mediterranean influences. The diversity of terroirs is planted with a large number of varieties, some old and very typical varieties of the region.
Red, rosé, dry, sweet or sparkling wine, this region can not be underestimated.