The Plaimont Union was set up in the heart of Southwest France in the 1970s. Delve into the wines of the Southwest and discover their deep-rooted origins.
The vineyards of Southwest France are home to a unique collection of grape varieties and an extraordinary heritage. The region is the birthplace of global “oceanic” grape varieties, including the Cabernet family, with Cabernet Franc originating in the Pyrenees, and Merlot, which was also developed on this land between mountain and sea. The Southwest also brings together a wide array of ancient grape varieties which contribute highly original flavours to wines of the Gers, with a strong personality for the reds and very sunny aromas for the dry and semi-sweet whites. These grape varieties are grown in some thirty appellations spread across four zones: the foothills of the Massif Central, the middle Garonne, the Bergeracois and Duras, and the Pyrenean foothills. Remaining for a long time in the shadow of their Bordeaux counterparts, the blends of these grape varieties offer a wide range of wines that perfectly bring out the flavours of traditional Southwest French cuisine.
The winegrowers involved in the Plaimont adventure are based at the foothills of the Pyrenees. This area comprises around ten appellations, including some known for their sweet white wines, such as the Jurançon and the Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. Wines from appellations such as Côtes de Gascogne, Béarn, Irouléguy, Tursan, Madiran, and Saint Mont can also be found here. Plaimont primarily grows in the four appellations of Madiran, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Côtes de Gascogne and Saint Mont, which accounts for 98% of production.
Discovering the winegrowers, vines and wines of Southwest France
Plaimont offers numerous guided vineyard and cellar tours accompanied by winegrowers that will tell you everything there is to know about the local grape varieties, terroirs, and the secrets of winemaking and ageing… Everything behind the quality and personality of the wines of Southwest France. You can also visit the only French vineyard listed as a Historic Monument, the Sarragachies plot, and enjoy the rare “Vignes Préphylloxériques” (pre-phylloxera vine) cuvée. Find out more about the range of wine tourism activities available in Plaimont and create your own “Southwest wine road”. An unforgettable wine tourism experience, featuring tours of prestigious estates and châteaux, tastings in cellars, themed workshops, meetings with key players in organic and sustainable viticulture, vineyard strolls, and Southwest French cuisine served in shaded, small squares…