The south-west region of France is the perfect destination in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday with your partner, owing to its stunning scenery and love of fine wines.
Indeed, a number of the world's best wines are produced in this part of the country and so if you're keen on a tipple occasionally, then you'd struggle to find a better destination for a break.
Here, we're going to provide you with a brief history of the region's association with wine-making and point you in the direction of some of the finest vineyards…
A history lesson
Cultivated by the Romans, the south-west wine-producing region is among the most prolific in the world and had an enviable reputation long before the famous Bordeaux area was planted.
And while Bordeaux may have superseded it in reputational terms in recent years, its climate makes it the ideal location in which to produce great wines.
However, increased regulation at the Bordeaux port made it difficult to export goods, meaning that the wine industry went through something of an evolution in France.
Firstly, it's important to the put the term south-west in some sort of context. There are a number of wine-producing areas in region, including Armagnac and Gascony.
Armagnac is a brandy-producing region and so is definitely worth visiting if you're a fan of this particular tipple. Meanwhile, those vineyards that are situated near to Bordeaux are quite similar in style to that you'd expect if you were in Bordeaux itself. This is because of the particular grape varieties that can be found in this part of the country.
On the flipside, those vineyards that are located near the Pyrenees are made from local varieties, like Petit Manseng.
Because of this, it is well worth taking a road trip along the route of some of the best vineyards in the region. You really will be able to taste the dramatically different flavours.
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