Madiran wine gained recognition in the 12th century, with the arrival of the Benedictine monks at Madiran Abbey. It became a mass wine and its fame soon spread far and wide, thanks to the pilgrims who travelled to Santiago de Compostela. Francis I and the Court of England made it a real “Lords’ Wine”. With 1,300 hectares of vines, straddling 3 departments, Madiran is a hillside vineyard. This deep-coloured, tannic wine is full-bodied and ages well. It makes the perfect accompaniment to the traditional dishes and cheeses of our land. It can be tasted on producers’ premises or in the local cooperative cellars. It is also available at all good restaurants in Lourdes and in local shops.