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One of the six major regional IGP areas for the production of country wines in France, The other five are Comtés Rhodania. Comté Tolosan. Méditerranée. Pays d'Oc and Val de Loire, It lies in the southwest on the coast of the Atlantic and comprises the four departments Charente, Charente-Maritime, Dordogne and Gironde in full, as well as a large part of the Lot-et-Garonne department. The area created in 2006 includes parts of the winegrowing regions Bordeaux and Southwest France, This enables the Bordeaux winemakers, too Vins to produce what was not possible until then. There is Atlantic climate with mild winters and long sunny summers. 50% red wines, and 25% rose and white wines from the classic Bordeaux varieties vinified. The main red wine varieties are Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc. Petit Verdot. Carmenère and Malbec ( Cot ), the most important types of white wine Sauvignon Blanc. Sémillon. Muscadelle, Ugni Blanc ( Trebbinao Toscano ) Colombard and Chardonnay,

Vineyards in the municipality of Pons (Charente-Maritime) in the IGP area Atlantique
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