The area in the south of the region Bordeaux was declared an appellation in 1980 under the name Cadillac . It is named after the city that also gave its name to the well-known car brand in honor of Antoine de la Mothe (1658-1730), the founder of the Detroit Auto City and later governor of Louisiana, who was born here. The Cadillac appellation was and still only applies to sweet wines. The red wines were under until the 2008 vintage Premières Cotes de Bordeaux produced.
In 2009 it was under the newly created roof appellation Cotes de Bordeaux a reorientation with a partially changed name. Under the new appellation Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux , the vineyards cover 3,400 hectares of vineyards on gravelly and calcareous soils. These extend as a narrow band with a width of 5 kilometers and a length of 60 kilometers on the right bank of the Garonne from Langon to Bordeaux in almost 30 municipalities. The red varieties Merlot (55%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), Cabernet Franc (15%) and Malbec (5%), as well as the white varieties Sémillon (70%), Sauvignon Blanc (17%) and Muscadelle (13% ) cultivated.
The white wine varieties become under Premières Cotes de Bordeaux and Cadillac Sweet wines produced. The red wines are now produced under Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux . Well-known wineries are Château Birot, Château Carignan, Chateau Carsin, Château Fayau, Château du Grand Mouëys, Château Laurétan, Château Lezongars, Château Plaisance, Château Puy Bardens, Château Reynon and Château Tanesse.