On the foothills of the Pyrenees, the landscape is braided with Madiran vineyards.
On the foothills of the Pyrenees lies a land whose "bon vivant" lifestyle is the very essence of South-West France: sharing and friendliness, love of good things, warmth and happiness. The landscape is braided with Madiran vineyards. The wine from these intimate vineyards is famously full-bodied and bold. But it can also reach the heights of finesse and elegance, enhanced by the depth and intensity of its precious tannat. At Château Montus, Madiran leader Alain Brumont produces wines that rank in the world's top 20!
Throughout the towns and villages, market stalls lay out their brightly coloured fruits and vegetables from around the region; while in the restaurants, talented chefs cook them to perfection. Every Thursday morning, people gather at the Marcadieu market in Tarbes to trade goods from all over the South-West.
In the streets and bistros, on the village squares and cafe terraces, on every kind of of stages, there are shows, exhibitions, cocktail-concerts, balls and fairs, courtesy of the region's lively, eclectic programme of Festivals and Events. There's so much going on, it's impossible to give more than just a taster here. So let's just mention "Jazz in Marciac" and a few headline names: Norah Jones, Ibrahim Maalouf, Joshua Redman, George Benson, Roberto Fonseca…