Cave vignoble de Madiran
©Pierre VIncent
Vineyards Near Lourdes

Wines of the South‑West

Ten kilometres or so from Lourdes lie two exceptional vineyards. Madiran is reputed for its distinctive red wines, while Jurançon is known for its white wines with an extensive array of aromas and flavours.

Madiran

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.

Taste

Vineyard getaway

Allow around 1 hour’s drive to reach the Jurançon or Madiran vineyards from Lourdes. A number of events take place each year so visitors can meet the producers. These festive gatherings are a great opportunity to learn about the know-how passed on to each generation. In Jurançon, winemakers open their doors in early December so visitors can tour the châteaux and villages. You can celebrate Madiran on 14 and 15 August in the fun and friendly atmosphere for which our area is known. Feel free to contact us for more information

On sale in Lourdes

A number of shops have Jurançon and Madiran wines for sale. They will be happy to offer expert advice to help you choose.