Covering more than 1000 hectares, the vines benefit from the exceptional microclimate of the region, combining the contrasting toughness of the nearby Pyrenees mountains with the soothing influence of the Atlantic ocean. Indian summers are common in the Béarn and the light southerly winds add a gently calming effect that lends itself to the production of distinctive wines.
Both Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng are specific grape varieties unique to the Jurancon and give the Jurancon wines their delightful peach, pear and vanilla aromas. Jurançon wine makes an ideal aperitive but can equally well accompany foie gras and fish dishes. Both sweet and dry ooze the flavours and aromas of the land.
The Béarn region also boasts some less known but equally appreciable red wines as does the nearby Madiran.
There are several organized circuits with established ‘degustation’ points along the way or you can simply meander through the country lanes stopping off at virtually any one of the vineyards that take your fancy.
You will be assured a warm welcome and informative lesson in wine production as you savour the fruits of your host’s labours. The ‘vignerons’ are generally colourful characters who like to entertain and are only too happy to take the time to share their passion for the vines and the particularities of the house.