Covering a huge swathe of Southern France, with many styles of wine, this area is a great source of value, often through superior co-operatives. Languedoc produces rich reds, like Minervois and Corbières, made using local and Rhone varietals, plus crisp food friendly whites, like Piquepoul.
The South West, the area south of Bordeaux to the Pyrenees, is partly a continuation of Bordeaux, but includes distinct, serious wines like Madiran (almost immortal, made from Tannat), Cahors (home of the Malbec grape) and the superior white Jurancon. It is also a great value source of fruity, crisp whites and roses. Some of France's most distinctive cuisine, such as cassoulet de canard, originate here, and the wines are a perfect match.