Vineyards in Madiran go back to the gallic-roman era. This is proven by mosaics of the 3rd century found in the remains of the villa Taron. Appreciated as an all round wine, the wines from Madiran were known in the 9th century thanks to the pilgrims of Saint Jacques de Compostella who travelled through the region to Spain. Its real creation goes back to the 11th century when Benedictin monks, from Burgundy, built the abbey in Madiran. From the 12th century Gascony was part of the British crown and it developed rapidly. The wines were then transported to northern Europe.
Until the 1950’s the vineyards diminished representing then hardly 50 hectares, even though Madiran received its AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlée) label two years earlier in 1948. It was one of the 1st AOC in France that imposed itself an independent quality control by delivering the label only after analysis and tasting.
The Madiran region is now under development again and is becoming one of the new stars of French wines. It produces robust and strong wines. Low production per ha, long maceration of the must and frequent tapping during elevation produces excellent quality wines.