Modern day Gascony, in the South West France wine region, was part of Aquitaine until the Middle Ages. This explains why most wineries in South West France grow typical Bordeaux grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec (sometimes called Côt), Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Other popular grape varieties in South West France wine region are Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Chenin Blanc and Sémillon.
Native grapes are today very rare, but one of the most famous is Fer Servadou, a grape from the Basque Country.
Wineries in South West France mainly produce full-bodied reds and Bordeaux blends, especially those in the Cahor sub-region.
White wines from South West France are generally dry.
Wineries in South West France also produce sweet wines and sparkling wines.