TERROIRS AND VINEYARDS: WHAT ARE THE WINES AND ALCOHOLS OF GASCONY?
The South-West wine region is renowned for being a major producer of red wines. However, the Côtes de Gascogne IGP mainly makes white wines, accounting for over 80% of production. Known for its production of Armagnac, this region has only been making still wine since 1974. This year was marked by the creation of the "Vin de Pays des Côtes Gascogne" appellation in the Gers department. In 2004, this appellation was extended to the entire Armagnac production area. In 2009, the Côtes de Gascogne vins de pays are certified IGP, thus having to comply with a precise set of specifications. The Côtes de Gascogne vineyards are located in the same territory as Armagnac, mainly in the Gers, Landes and Lot-et-Garonne. The IGP covers three major terroirs, corresponding to the historical areas delimiting the origin of Armagnac: