Gascony - Armagnac Tour
Gascogne is an area of south-west France, generally described as being south-east of Bordeaux.
The region is home to foie gras and all foodstuffs associated with ducks and geese, some super Côtes de Gascogne wines, Floc de Gascogne liqueur, Armagnac, piligrim trails and, of course, the seventeenth-century French soldier Compte d’Artagnan (on whom Alexandre Dumas based his series of novels, including The Three Musketeers).
Providing a convivial atmosphere, the The Côtes de Gascogne wines which are produced from local grape varieties like Colombard, Ugni-Blanc and Gros Manseng, are the best in white wines. You will be thoroughly won over by their fruity aromas of citruses and tropical fruits.
Where to taste the best Armagnac?
Here you can taste some Armagnac gems - the oldest French brandy. Reliable proofs have been gathered, testifying of its production and consumption since the 14 th century. There are three Armagnac regions: Bas-Armagnac, Ténarèze and Haut-Armagnac, which vary in a
number of ways: grape varieties, different soils, characteristics of Armagnacs, etc.
Issued from a Gascon recipe in the early 16 th century, “Lo Floc” in Occitan dialect means bunch of flowers. They keep the making of the Floc highly secret, but the main operation consists in mixing fresh grape juice and young Armagnac.
What is Armagnac made from? How is Armagnac made?
Visit Auch, capital of Gascony, land of musketeers and d’Artagnan. Dominating the town, the exceptional architectural ensemble made up of the Tower of Armagnac and the Cathedral of Sainte-Marie d’Auch (a classified world heritage site) are a reminder that the town is a major
site on the routes to Santiago de Compostela.
Don’t forget to visit Condom, a beautiful town with a beautiful early sixteenth-century Gothic cathedral, a superb sculpture of d’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers in the main square, an Armagnac museum and many other places of interest.