Discover the wines of south west france the south west or sud ouest as the french call it may be the least known region in france filled with hidden treasures and breath taking scenery vineyards are planted next to lush forests and both wine and wine making are a way of life. South west france or in french sud ouest is a wine region in france covering several wine producing areas situated respectively inland from and south of the wine region of bordeaux these areas which have a total of 16000 hectares 40000 acres of vineyards consist of several discontinuous wine islands throughout the aquitaine region where bordeaux region itself is situated and . The south west or sud ouest is a relatively large territorial zone of france incorporating the administrative regions of aquitaine limousin and midi pyreneesin terms of the french wine map however the sud ouest region is a little less clear cut as it excludes bordeaux a wine region so prolific that it is effectively a zone in its own right. Keeping in the spirit of exploring new wines and wine regions for 2011 i am taking you on a little tour of the red wines of south west francestill fairly undiscovered as a wine region the area offers excellent value and it is home to a diverse array of interesting wines and appellations. There are vineyards in most regions of france as this wine map of france clearly shows there are vineyards throughout france while three areas champagne burgundy and bordeaux enjoy worldwide recognition on account of their historic tradition for fine wines there is actually commercial production of wine in every region of france except those along the north coast brittany normandy
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