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Madiran, South West wine village

In deepest Gascony and in the foothills of the Pyrénées lies the idyllic landscape of Madiran (65 Hautes-Pyrénées, Occitanie) home to the original Malbec wines of the name.

madiran_posterThis is rural France – no big towns or major autoroutes – rolling hills and fields, small villages and wine-making in the land of the Three Musketeers. The area is known as the “Old Country” Vic Bilh in Gascon, with an ancient vineyard of red wines of “Madiran” and white wines of “Pacherenc du Vic Bilh” and local country wines – Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne and Côtes de Saint Mont.

Originally the local Madiran wines were robust and tannic – excellent foils for the rich duck and goose which are the area’s principal dishes. Modern styles have become more fruit-driven and can be wondrously smooth. The whites range from dry to lush dessert wines. Good wines Dom de Berthoumieu wineare made by the excellent local Plaimont co-operative (at Saint Mont), but the stars of the area are small craft winemakers, such as

There is not much in the way of hotels etc, but check carefully and you can find real gems – the only significant hotel in the village of Madiran itself is Le Prieuré, which is the ancient priory in the heart of the village. Fully renovated it is now a very stylish hotel and restaurant and a perfect venue for enjoying Madiran wines. The building also houses the Maison des Vins!

For more info on the wines of Madiran see www.madiran-story.fr

The nearest main rail/air connections are at Pau (64 Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle Aquitaine) about 50km south-west or Lourdes (65 Hautes-Pyrénées, Occitanie) about 60km south of Toulouse ( 31 Haut-Garonne, Occitanie) – about 150km east

Logis Hôtel Restaurant Le Prieure

Madiran accommodation includes the 11th Century Logis Hôtel Restaurant Le Prieure in the heart of the village.

Other accommodation around Madiran includes B&Bs, self-catering apartments/villas – but beware this is a seriously rural area with few large towns or public transport.