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Two large bottles jut out of a blue map of France. A little yellow dot proclaims their origin. Written around the sparkling wine and white wine bottles are the phrases, "Wines of France", "Wines Mousseaur" and "White Wines."
About the Gaillac Region in France:
Gaillac lies in a vast area described as the Southwest, or Sud-Quest, wine region which is a collection of over 10 wine regions that stretch from central France all the way to the Spanish border.
The Gaillac wine region is situated in the Midi Pyrenees 50 km east of Toulouse, in the direction of Albi, in the Tarn departement. The vineyard stretches over both sides of the Tarn and to the north up to the medieval town of Cordes. The Tarn is 375 kilometres long rising in the Central Massif and becoming a tributary of the Garonne. The Millau Viaduct spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau, and is now one of the region's most popular attractions.
Gaillac is one of the oldest French vineyards the first vines being planed in Roman times. Today the Gaillac Appellation covers 2.500 hectares spread over 73 communes, for an AOC production of over 165.000 hectolitres. Presently, the appellation consists of one hundred independent producers and 3 cooperative cellars.
The region has three different terrior with a range of soil conditions from sand to gravel, different aspects and varing climate conditions. This difference, coupled with special grape varieties, gives rise to an exciting range of wines with unique characteristics.
The 3 different terroirs and the age of the vineyard enable Gaillac to grow a number traditional minor grape varieties that are not grown in other parts of France. Such as Mauzac, Len de L’el in the whites; and Duras and Braucol in red. Plus they also grow the big name varietals of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon and Muscadelle.
This diversity of the Gaillac vineyard means that it can produce a great variety of wines, a wide range of dry and sweet white wines, red and rose wines as well as sparkling wines.
What makes this a great area for wine and food lovers?
The Gaillac wine region is a farming region with almost endless local produce and rich in gourmet traditions. Mellow local stone villages with farmers markets, vineyards, orchards and gardens all contribute to your wine tour experience. The gastronomic excellence of the region is unquestionable, and regardless of where you dine, you will taste wonderful foie gras, cassoulet, roquefort and drink local Gaillac wines and of course Armagnac.