Located in Southwest France, in the heart of the Midi-Pyrénées region, Gaillac belongs to a long line of “Southwest France Wines
”, which brings together 17 AOC wines and 12 PGI (protected geographical indication) wines. Among the wine regions of Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon, Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées regions were able to carry on their wine-growing vocation. Today, the Southwest wine-growing region stretches across 500 kilometres between Aveyron and French Basque Country.
The Gaillac wine-growing region is located 50 km east of Toulouse in the northern part of the Tarn region. From the east of the town of Albi, in the area of Cunac, to the city of Saint-Sulpice, the vines run along two banks of the Tarn River. In the north, vineyards start a few kilometres above the medieval city of Cordes-sur-Ciel and then dive 40 kilometres south to Graulhet.
The area of Gaillac is located in a contrary climate zone. The heat from the Mediterranean combined with the ocean humidity of Bordeaux provides the perfect weather conditions for winegrowing. However here, winegrowers will certainly mention the added bonus: winds of Autan, which help to create fine wines. This warm dry wind coming from the warm regions of East Central Africa is an important key element for the vines.