By Paul Caputo

The southwest of France bears down on Spain from Bordeaux, sharing the Pyrénées mountains and Basque region with its southern neighbor, though also stretching eastward to Provence.

Appellations of South West

Béarn AOC

Béarn is an appellation for red, white and rosé wines in South-West France. Unusual in that its geographic confines are not contiguous, Béarn AOC produces richly coloured, full-bodied reds, lively, aromatic rosés and fresh, delicate white wines. Part of the appellation overlaps the more widely known Jurançon AOC.

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Cahors AOC

With a dramatic setting in a meander of the river Lot, the charming city of Cahors and the region which extends around it, has been producing so-called ‘black wine’ from the Malbec grape, since the Middle Ages.

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Madiran AOC

Madiran - a charming, picturesque village in southwest France - sits at the heart of the exciting wine appellation that shares its name. Established in 1948, Madiran AOC permits only red wines, predominantly from the Tannat variety. It’s sibling white wine appellations - which occupy the same geographic restrictions are Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh (dry) and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec (sweet).

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Bergerac AOC

The picturesque town of Bergerac and its surrounding vineyards produce a range of different wine styles from the typical grapes of the Dordogne - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. There are a handful of good producers here, but quality can vary.

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