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This small appellation in the southeast corner of the wine-growing region of southwest France was classified in 1970. It is located on the Spanish border in the French Basque Country, just opposite the Spanish DO area of Chacolí de Getaria. They were a thriving wine-growing area in the time of the Kingdom of Navarre (which covered an area from Barcelona to Bordeaux) founded at the beginning of the 10th century. The terraced vineyards at altitudes of up to 400 metres above sea level cover around 215 hectares of vines on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees in 15 municipalities, including Irouléguy, which gives its name to the region.

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