The wines of the Béarn: Jurançon!

 

So let me bring you back to my other hobby, wines! Not wanting to repeat myself, will just go into an area dear to me of many trips and holidays,and always enjoying their wines since at least 1990. I have written before on the popular wine cooperative of Gan  and here it is :

Caves de Gan, Jurançon

I passed by here many times on my way to Spain, always using it as a rest stop either at Pau or around Gan. As time went on, we spent more time here and finally several days. And of course, not only did we drank the wines from the area but visited a very nice enclave at the Caves de Jurançon at Gan.

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We had always friendly welcome and sharing here and I am on their mailing list so if not stopping by ,get my wines by domestic transport to my house.  Let’s get a bit more on the aroma ::)

A cooperative in the heart of the vineyards: the cellar of  Jurançon at Gan plays a major role in the Jurançon and Béarn AOC, bringing together nearly 300 winegrowers. Located a few steps from Pau, this cooperative is committed and respectful of its terroirs. Founded in 1949, it has become a landmark in the Béarn. The wine of the Jurançon: a good wine is made with good grapes, sun, rain and foehn. Its most famous grape varieties are the small and the big Manseng (petit et gros manseng). On the vineyard of the piedmont Pyrenean, the vines are planted in the direction of the slope and are oriented to the South in order to be sheltered from the West wind. Harvest by hand, sort with love, vinify patiently… so many steps necessary to the quality of the wines of the Jurançon.

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Some webpages to help you enjoy this wine

Official webpage of cave de jurançon

Webpage on Jurançon wines in English: http://www.vins-jurancon.fr/an_enchanting_setting.php?id_ligne=23&niv=1

YouTube video presentation on the cellars or cave de Jurançon here

 

But wait, this is more than wines, there is a town name  Gan! lovely place quant cosy, we love it

Gan is located in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department 64 in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region (even thus fiercily keeping the old habits of the Béarn) . 9 km south of Pau. The municipality is crossed by the national road 134(N134), as well as by the departmental roads D 134, 217 and 230. Gan train station is located on the Pau-Canfranc line. It is served by the TER Nouvelle-Aquitaine between Pau and Oloron-Sainte-Marie (changing here for Canfranc in Spain). Gan is a bastide founded in 1335 by Gaston II de Foix-Béarn. He gave it this name, the namesake of Ghent (Gan) in Belgium, in memory of the campaign of Flanders to which he participated.

Some things to see other than wineries are

The prison gate (porte de la prison) dates from 1335; the Roman Baths from 1748 (with iron and sulphur waters); The House of Bazirus (Rue Ossau); The House of Ergashali (on the road to Lasseube); The houses of Arrac (1548), of Aldoins (1593) and the Château Marca prior to 1600 birthplace of Pierre de Marca. Church of Saint. Barthélémy was rebuilt near the ancient church of St. Jean, which was restored in several phases between 1811 and 1930. The Church of St. Peter (Saint Pierre) dates from 1838. The Saint-Pierre Church is well before 1838, since traces are found in the parish archives in 1759 (baptisms, marriages, burials).

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Bastides or fortified towns of the Pyrénées Atlantiques 64 on Gan : https://bastides64.org/bastides/gan/

Tourist office of Pau on Gan: https://www.pau-pyrenees.com/gan/cave-des-producteurs-de-jurancon/tabid/315/offreid/0a3cc7e0-f457-4e1f-a157-512050c2ab74

Region tourist office of old Béarn on Gan and its other wines. http://www.bearn-basquecountry.com/bearn-pyrenees/gourmet/wines-vineyards/

City of Gan on many walkers heavens and jurançon wines: http://www.villedegan.fr/spip.php?article80#.W401a84zbIU

A lovely area indeed, and need to be visited more by all. The choices for nature lovers is immense and the gastronomic/wines alternatives unlimited. Enjoy it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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