South West France Wine Region Guide

Unveiling the authentic, diverse wines of South West France


Last updated: April 3, 2024


South of the city of Bordeaux are a collection of vineyards and appellations that belong to an overarching region broadly described as South West France. It is a vast area stretching from the town of Gaillac (northeast of Toulouse) to the Spanish border and French Basque Country. In the Middle Ages, the merchants of Bordeaux bestowed the (derisory) title of “High Country” on this vast landscape, determined to prioritize their wines at all costs. Today, it is one of France’s most dynamic yet seemingly timeless regions, where the pace of life grinds to a halt at weekends.

Behind the scenes, however, winegrowers are busy coaxing as much flavor as possible out of their indigenous wine grapes, many of which are specific to individual appellations. Although Bordeaux varieties are the mainstay of production in the Dordogne, the vast majority of southwestern France is home to local curiosities like Petit Courbu and Gros Manseng. For that reason, it has become the darling of sommeliers and niche importers worldwide. Read on if you’ve begun to tire of New World Merlot and ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc.

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