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Wine tasting in the Madiran

  • The vineyards of Madiran, Val d'Adour
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A wine tasting adventure in the Madiran

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For this weekend Marie-Aurore is your charming host. In the middle of the vines settle down into one of her magnificent Victorian sofas and enjoy her tapas, served of course with a Madiran wine, no palace on earth offers a better view. As the sun sets just savour the view, and with a glass in your hand, would you want to be anywhere else?

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From 194 € /person Based on two sharing

  • 3 days/3 nights in a chambre d'hotes, B & B
  • A wine tasting workshop with professional taster
  • Aperitif and tapas amongst the vines
  • Visit to a winemaker
  • A swimming pool at your chambre d'hotes

Contact Nathalie
to book this holiday package or receive informations

By mail By phone 33 (0)5 62 56 70 00

The strengths

  • Meet passionate winemakers who explain everything about their vines and wines
  • Learn how to taste and appreciate the wines with professional tasters
  • Enjoy tapas in the middle of the vines

You will set off to discover some of the Madiran vineyards. Meet passionate winemakers who will explain everything about their vines and wines. You are invited by an professional winemaker who will teach how to taste and appreciate the wines and explain their production. Once back with Marie Aurore the wines of Madiran will taste even better, and that view will be even more glorious...

Day 1

Tasting workshop: Upon your arrival at the Maison des Vins de Madiran (in Madiran village itself) you will be welcomed by an oenologist, who will explain the wines of Madiran, this appellation from the south-west of France with such a growing reputation. Then it is straight into the professionals' tasting room where the wines are arranged on circular rotating tables, you will taste both the Madirans and Pacherenc de Vic Bilh wines. You will then be asked to select wines to match your menu, completing a truly professional tasting session.

Day 2

Next is a visit to the vineyards and a 'sommeliere' style tasting session at the Domaine Benguerats vineyard. You will be met by Marie-Laure, who is the daughter of the founders of this domaine, she will take great pleasure in letting you discover her wines. And what a setting to enjoy the wines... comfortably installed in one of her chaises longues amongst the vines, with the village of Madiran below! Choose one of her wines, either the Madiran (red) or the Pacherenc de Vic Bilh (white), Marie-Laure will then take you to one her favourite corners of the vineyards to leave you to taste the wine amongst her vines. She will of course have prepared a delicious plate of toasts to further help you enjoy your solo tasting! Our suggestion is to leave this lovely moment for the end of the day to enjoy the setting sun over the west-facing vines.

Day 3

Visit to the PIchard winery : No frills or fireworks here, just the careful and precise work of a committed winemaker who knows how to extract the very best from his vines. It is an authentic Madiran, round and generous, produced by traditional methods using the traditional grape varieties. In 1955 August Vigneau acquired an ancient hillside vineyard in the commune of Soublecause, in the Hautes Pyrenees, it had been abandoned since the 1950's. He deliberately chose this overgrown and neglected terrain, where he had to start from scratch, knowing that it would perfectly suit the local grape and offer the perfect location for an optimum maturation of the grapes. It is situated at the heart of the original Madiran producing area.

Maison d'hotes with a view over the Madiran

This house is situated on a hillside next to the village, a superb quiet setting, perfect for enjoying the surrounding nature, the neighbouring AOC vineyards and with a glorious view over the traditional slate roofs. Conviviality is the major theme for Bob and Irma, Bob is an artist whilst Irma specialises in pissenlit jam! You will enjoy their kindness and good humour.

Your accommodation:

In the west wing of the house your bedroom is accessed by the terrace and has a view over the village. Perfect for enjoying both swimming pool and the sunny terrace. There are numerous walks and gentle bike rides to discover the Madiran and its surroundings.

Your room for two:

160 cms double bed
Bathroom with shower
Toilets

The vineyards of Madiran, Val d'Adour

The reputation of the south west of France is for good living, a warm welcome and a taste for the finer things in life. The Adour valley particularly reflects this. Bordering on the Gers, with numerous vineyards and chateaux, bucolic rolling scenery, and many local festivals, it can be explored on foot, horseback, by bicycle, the many way-marked paths and trails are just perfect for discovering this lovely area.

You will adore

- Walks through the vineyards, tasting the Madiran and Pacherenc de Vic-Bilh wines
- The charming village of Madiran
- The Abbey of Saint Sever de Rustan on the Santiago de Compostella route
- A siesta in the shade of a tree, next to a stream, as you enjoy a stroll along the trails of the Adour valley
- An escapade into the Gers

  • From 194 € /person -
  • Based on two sharing

The price includes

3 nights in a chambre d'hotes, B & B - Wine tasting workshop - Wine tasting sommelier style - Visit to a vineyard - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Personal expenditure - Local taxes - Cancellation insurance.

Validity

Spring Summer Autumn 2017

A walk through the Madiran vineyards:

Do talk a walk through the vineyards, there are many paths and often with superb views over the Pyrenees!

Music and wine in Madiran:

The Festival Of Music and Madiran wine takes place during the second half of July. Pleasure for the ears and the palates! A wonderful blend of gentle notes and wines of character. The perfect time for epicurians to visit!

The Madiran Wine Festival:

The festival takes place the 14th and 15th August. You can meet all the Madiran winemakers in the gardens of the Prieure hotel in the centre of Madiran village. The producers will explain their wines, you can taste all their range, and buy them at advantageous prices. It a friendly convivial weekend. Over the weekend there are numerous concerts, bandas, dinner dances, entertainments. A wonderful weekend, superb wines, a sublime setting...