French #Winophiles Return to Sud-Ouest (Southwest) France

Explore Sud-Oest (Southwest) France with the French Winophiles on July 15th!
It’s been 2 years since our #Winophiles group first explored the wines of Southwest France. As French wine regions go, it’s near the bottom of the list for familiarity. It’s time to return to further our investigation!

Southwest France wine map

Southwest France wine map, courtesy of

Looking at the map, you might realize that Bordeaux should be included in the region if the regions were being drawn by geography alone, but Bordeaux gets its’ own region thank you very much. The sad but true story is that historically, Bordeaux merchants blocked the shipment of wines from Southwest through Bordeaux as they were trying to eliminate any competition possible. And secretly, many Bordeaux wineries were using grapes or wine from upriver to add to their wines to improve the Bordeaux wines in low production or cool years.

Southwest France – A Puzzle to Find the Wine
Even knowledgeable wine shop employees may not be familiar. In searching for wines in our local wine shops, two of our group were given wines from outside the region, one from the Southern Rhone, one from Languedoc. Close, but no cigar! Your best bet will be to go to a well stocked shop with a list of possible appellations:

  • Cotes de Gascogne
  • Bergerac
  • Madiran (red) & Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh (white) note: is it any wonder we can’t find the wines!
  • Gaillac
  • Jurançon
  • Irouléguy
  • You could even go for Armagnac!

You Should Join Our Winophiles Group on July 15!
We’re a friendly group, and we’d love to have new members join.  You can post in your blog or just join our chat on Twitter.  If you’d like to join, here’s what to do:

  • Contact this month’s host, Jeff, at to let him know you’ll be joining. He’ll give you all the details
  • Have a title ready no later than Tuesday, July 11. We post a preview the Tuesday before we post.
  • Publish your post Friday night July 14 or Saturday morning early July 15.
  • Our chat on Twitter takes place 10-11am CDT on Saturday July 15. We’ll be sharing what we found and generally having a fun discussion around the topic of food, wine and travel to Southwest France. Just look for the #Winophiles hashtag!
  • We hope to see you there!



4 Responses to “French #Winophiles Return to Sud-Ouest (Southwest) France”
  1. I have barely scratched the surface of this region! I compared Malbecs around the globe a few months ago and included one from Cahors. I will probably try to find another for this post because the others are likely just too obscure for me to find in Ventura!

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