The Jurançon and Vic-Bihl, exceptional wine-growing country
Bordered to the west by the Jurançon terroir and to the north by the Vic-Bihl, the Nay Region is the starting point for wonderful, nearby discoveries...
The Jurançon vineyards
The jurançon enters into history with Henry IV, when, in 1533, the future king of France was christened with a drop of jurançon.
An enchanting environment: near Lourdes and Biarritz, nestled in the sunny valleys, which lay in a green setting, surrounded by the Château de Pau's terraces and the majestic Pyrenees mountains, the vineyards of Jurançon are pleasing to the eyes before the palate.
The terroir, often very steep, entails the cultivation of vines on terraces and sometimes even in amphitheatres. The marine soils in the south and the soils in the north produce white wines that pair just as well with seafood as with foie gras.
Classified as an AOC since 1936 and, being one of the first AOCs in France, the Jurançon has a production area of over 1,000 ha located in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques across 25 towns around Jurançon and Monein... The Jurançon vineyards produce the sweet Jurançon, the dry Jurançon and also the red and rosé Béarn wines of controlled origin (AOC).
The Nay Region is twenty kilometres from the first producers in the Jurançon vineyards.
The Vic Bihl, in the heart of the Madiran vineyards
The Vic-Bihl offers a wide variety of vineyards with character: the most famous are the Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic-Bihl AOCs, and then the Béarn and the wines of the Pays des Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
The Madiran vineyards date back to the 1st century BC. In the 11th century, the Benedictines founded the Abbey of Madiran and improved the vineyard. Classified as an AOC since 1948, the Madiran was the first appellation in France to impose quality control by issuing a label after analysis and tasting.
At the borders of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées and the Gers, the Madiran AOC merges with that of the Pacherenc du Vic-Bihl. The area of the vineyard is approximately 1600 ha, 1400 ha of which produces Madiran.
The Béarn AOC is also present in the Vic-Bihl. The vineyard has a micro-climate: gentle, humidity, wind from the South. The appellation produces as much rosé as red, but very little white.
The Nay Region is located about 50 km from the leading producers of Vic-Bihl.