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South West France - A Sense of Unity

Published:  23 July, 2008

At a time when France is under attack for the lack of a cohesive approach to the problems it has in many of its major wine appellations, it's good to be able to report on a region where disparate factions have come together for the common good. Especially in the wake of the EU proposals to cut wine over-production, which many producers in France see as a threat to a way of life that has shaped the French countryside.

Four-year average annual production

Category Appellation Average production

(2000-03) (hectolitres)

AOC Cahors 215,757

AOC Gaillac 174,865

AOC Ctes du Frontonnais 95,487

AOC Madiran 68,677

AOVDQS Ctes de Saint-Mont 62,893

AOC Juranon 43,753

AOVDQS Tursan 15,114

AOVDQS Coteaux du Quercy 15,093

AOVQDS Ctes du Brulhois 11,775

AOC Barn 10,611

AOVQDS Saint Sardos 10,000

AOC Pacherenc du Vic Bilh 9,825

AOC Irouleguy 7,244

AOC Marcillac 6,297

AOVDQS Lavilledieu 3,357

AOVDQS Ctes de Millau 1,785

AOVDQS Entraygue et du Fel 691

AOVDQS Estaing 511

Total 753,735