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The vineyard of the South-West is undoubtedly one of the oldest vineyards in France since it was planted during Antiquity by the Romans. It is at this time that the product of the vine is pointed out by the Clergy and the Nobility as the drink of reference for religious ceremonies. The vineyard of the South-West is a compulsory point of passage for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, and the surrounding towns and farms have grown in importance over the years. Despite Phylloxera, which killed several thousand hectares of vines in the 1970s, the vineyard is now more than ever inclined to develop wine tourism: terroir, foie gras and wines of character, let's go on the roads of the Southwest!


Heading for Cahors: the central vineyard of the southern region. This renowned appellation of the region is the home of malbec, the most cultivated grape variety. The Cahors vineyard will delight wine tourists passing through with breathtaking landscapes between the sea and the mountains. The particularity of this region lies in its climate and terroir: a combination that produces wines of character. Many winegrowers open their doors in the surroundings of Cahors, cellar visits and tastings are in the spotlight. The winegrowers of the region will welcome you, with a drink and local dishes, to talk about wine in all simplicity.


Between Pau and Mont de Marsan, Madiran is a small vineyard that has long been breeding a rare grape variety that is named after Tannat. With a powerful attack on the palate, the wines of Madiran are of great variety. The roads you take on these routes give you exceptional panoramas not to be missed: take out your cameras! After a hike in the pine forest, return to the cellars where the temperatures are much more pleasant in summer. This will be the perfect opportunity to taste the wines of local producers.


Jurançon is a rather special wine-growing region. Located between Lourdes and Biarritz, the vineyard is mainly a producer of white wine: sweet, dry, mellow, there will be something for everyone! Its landscapes of rare beauty, at the foot of the Pyrenees, will make you discover all the land that Occitania has to offer. The producers of Jurançon will welcome you to their home to taste unique wines with a touch of honey and candied fruit. The miracle recipe? The sun! The sun! Indeed, the region enjoys optimal sunshine to produce quality wines with such flavours.

To vary the pleasures, also find the Burgundy Wine Route, the Loire Wine Route or the Bordeaux Wine Route.

Lucas Chartier

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