One of the fundamental features of Aquitaine is the vine. And this has virtually always been the case: the first vines were planted here in Gallo-Roman times, a grape variety known as biturica in Latin…
Ever since, vine-growing and the wine culture have ceaselessly fashioned the landscapes, the villages and the lives of the inhabitants.
With 145,000 hectares of vines, 90% of which are Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (Designation of Origin) areas, Aquitaine is the biggest region of fine wines in the world!
Viticulture represents 39% of the region’s farming production, with around 8 million hectolitres of red, rosé and white wine produced each year, making… one billion bottles.
Present in all five départements of Aquitaine, vineyards are fascinating places of discovery.
Gourmet discoveries, of course, via visits with tasting sessions, oenology lessions and recipes based on wine.
Cultural discoveries, both in certain museums and in Châteaux which have art collections, often related to vines and wine.
Whatever the case, these discoveries are bound to be convivial, from meetings with wine professionals to the many wine-related fêtes.
By following the Wine Routes or simply by following your nose, Aquitaine is a quite exceptional wine destination!