The Aquitaine region may have large scale growers producing wines for the world market but you may prefer to seek out the numerous smaller Aquitaine vineyards with VDQS and Appellation Controlee status. These vineyards strive to maintain individuality and produce some really fine wines. Aquitaine wines made from the Tannant grape in the south may seem a little rustic when young so it's worth finding local growers who have allowed their wines to mature. The Bordeaux region produces bold, easy drinking reds whilst the Gironde is home to Medoc and Sauternes. Check with local holiday rental owners to see if they can arrange for you to 'try before you buy' with examples of those local wines which will have you coming back to Aquitaine for more.