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Haut-Pays

A common name in the Middle Ages (Upper-Land) for a large area in Southwest France, This meant the entire "Bordeaux hinterland". These are today's AOC areas Bergerac. Buzet. Cahors. Côtes de Duras. Côtes du Brulhois and Gaillac, The ancient winegrowing area extended from the beginning Bordeaux up the two rivers Garonne and Dordogne, On this waterway, the wine was probably already from the 1st century, when the Romans wine cultivation operated here, transported to the seashore. In the Middle Ages, the main buyers were Holland and England. The citizens of Bordeaux took advantage of their port as the main hub for the wines of the whole region by first shipping their own wines before the others were taken into account. This often lasted until the spring and not infrequently spoiled until then the wines of the competition. Today, skin pays are more meant to be just the two areas of Cahors and Gaillac.

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