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Birthplace of now international grapes
Attached to Bordeaux that saw the opening of wine transportation growing under Henri de Plantagenêt, wines were sent from the south-western ports to Bordeaux and then to England and the northern countries of Europe. That is how where given the names to the wines : by their port of expedition : Cahors, Gaillac or by the name of their sender.
South-western vineyards cover 13 departements and 3 regions from the border of the Garonne river and the Canal du Midi and crossing Gascogne, Basque Country and Pyrenees.
This diverse environment had for capital Toulouse, the "pink-town" and you will be able to see here stone houses (from the region), and to experience different climate being sometimes in altitude and sometimes benefiting from a double climate influence (between ocean and sea or between ocean and ountains).
Soils made out of argiles, chalk, sand, galets boulbènes depending on the area you are staying at. Or course with this diversity of terroirs, many styles of wines appear. If we add the climate influence (depending on if you are close to a river, the sea or mountains), we rise typicities. So wine makers had to adapt and that is why you will find many type of wines.
As many red as white wines are produced here. Among the whites, a lot of famous sweet wines are produced like the AOC Jurançon. On the red wines side, we assist for the last 20 years to a revalorization of the local grapes thanks to their international popularity such as Malbec in the Cahors area that give full bodied wines made with love by their winemakers.
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Foie gras, bleu des causses (cheese), ham of Bayonne, basque peppers, beef from Aubrac, duck magret, chicken from the Gers, nuts, apple tarte tatin with nuts from Périgord, prunes from Agen,...
Nature, tradition and french cuisine lovers (specially meat), you have a region done for you! Between rivers, old stones, local dialect the South-western area is waiting for you for an unforgettable stay.
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