Fun Fact #3: Irouléguy AOC is the only French appellation to make Basque wines

The Irouléguy appellation is located in French Basque country along the border with Spain. It features red and rosé wines made from Tannat, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as white wines from Corbu, Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng (though here you’ll discover these grapes are referred to by their respective Basque names).

Incidently, the other Basque appellations are located in Spain, of which there are three. To be fair, I’ll list all four Basque appellations in Basque (who knew you needed to be a linguist to study wine!):

  • Irulegi (French = Irouléguy AOC)
  • Bizkaiko Txakolina (Spanish = DO Chacolí de Vizcaya)
  • Getariako Txakolina (Spanish = DO Chacolí de Guetaria)
  • Arabako Txakolina (Spanish = DO Chacolí de Alava)

Sources: The Concise World Atlas of Wine; Wikipedia

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