SOUTH WEST VINEYARDS
Gascony has a wealth of culture and heritage to discover. Its many bastides (farmhouses), castelnaux (castles) and sauvetés (refuge areas around churches) are the perfect spots to discover landscapes bathed in light from the Gers hills. Further south, the Landes villages have maintained all the local flavor of their heritage.
An important destination in Occitania, Auch is the capital of Gers. Dominating the city, the Armagnac Tower and St. Mary’s Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) provide a majestic backdrop, an important stop on the pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela.
Flaran and La Romieu
Flaran Abbey, an important monument in Occitania, and the collegiate church of La Romieu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are two particularly well-preserved examples of southern French religious architecture. Flaran Abbey houses an exceptional collection of art by 16th to 20th century painters (Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Braque, Tiepolo, Rubens, Courbet, Rodin and more)!
Lectoure and Condom
Both stops on the pilgrimage route, these two Gers cities are home to many monuments tracing their history. Lectoure is also Gascony’s melon capital.
Located 2 km from Montreal-du-Gers, the Gallo-Roman villa of Séviac has beautifully preserved mosaics and exceptionally large baths. It helps us understand what life was like in these vast and luxurious rural villas two millennia ago.
On the pilgrims’ route through Puy-en-Velay, Aire-sur-l’Adour is one of the oldest cities in Landes, as evidenced by its rich heritage: Carmel, the Church of St. Quitterie (11th century), St. John the Baptist Cathedral (12th century), the Grain Hall, the Town Hall and the Adour Bridge.
In Montfort-en-Chalosse, near Dax, the Carcher estate portrays 19th century farming and winegrowing features typical of the Chalosse area: a richly furnished mansion, the garden and the tenant’s lodgings, the cellar and the press, the vine conservatory, the bread oven (still in operation), the animals… With a media library, an education department and temporary exhibition rooms, the museum is a real conservatory of local identity, sharing its beliefs, expertise and techniques.
The village of 300 inhabitants is a former English bastide built as a linear settlement between the castle and the church. It was in this part of Chalosse that the Venus of Brassempouy was discovered, a fragment of a mammoth ivory figurine carved 25,000 years ago. It is to date the oldest known representation of a human face, the first portrait of humanity…
Maison de la Dame museum presents the history of the research carried out in the Grotte du Pape cave and has a selection of archaeological objects from the excavations: engraved bones, pieces of finery, flint tools and more.
South West Vineyards
Centre INRA - Chemin de Borde Rouge
CS 52637 - 31321 Castanet Tolosan cedex
Phone : (+33) 5 61 73 87 06
Fax : (+33) 5 61 75 64 39
Monday to Friday : 9 am - 5 pm
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