Midi-Pyrenees region, and wines.
With its contrasted climate, at the same time influenced by the Pyrenees heights, Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean; Midi Pyrenees has an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, making it one of France’s sunniest regions and enabling it to present a fantastic catalogue of wines considered some of the best in France.
Indeed, Midi-Pyrénées is a region that boasts a lot of outstanding wines with the sunny weather and excellent soil boosting the growth, including 5 renowned AOP: Cahors, Gaillac, Madiran, Marcillac and Fronton; As well as IGP IGP wines: Côtes de St Mont, Côtes de Brulhois, Vins d’Entraygues et du Fel, Vins d’Estaing and Côtes de Millau.
Also great to know, two of Midi-Pyrénées’ wine regions have now qualified for "Vignobles et Decouvertes" status: Destination Cahors - Malbec (AOP Cahors), and Pays des Bastides et Vignoble du Gaillac (AOP Gaillac).
Midi Pyrenees is also a region presenting one of the older domain of France, Gaillaic, to produce the spirit Armagnac, the oldest wine-based "eau de vie" produced in South West France. This elegant spirit has rich aromatic qualities, characterized as powerful and delicate, warm and dynamic. The Armagnac is made in a special traditional still, known as the "alambic armagnacais".
Otherwise Midi-Pyrenees is well known for its knowhow in gastronomy, the regional specialties has earned the region a worldwide reputation with its Foie gras, Roquefort, Casoulet, and others.