Château de Viella

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 08:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Tuesday 08:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Wednesday 08:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Thursday 08:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Friday 08:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Saturday 08:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Sunday Closed

Opens Monday at 08:00 am

Opening hours subject to change depending on the health context

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Useful information

  • France Passion
  • Crus d'Artagnan
  • Les Bons Crus Milady
  • Les tables du Gers

Location : In the countryside

Other services : Jardin à visiter

Province : Pau and its surroundings, the Jurançon and Madiran vineyards

Services

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • Farm produce
  • Free tasting
  • Garden
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • English
    • IN THE BEGINNING, the Marquis de Viella

      The Marquis de Viella was, before the revolution, Lord of the lands of Viella, Cannet, Laguian en Armagnac, Daubons and Lherm en Béarn.

      In 1763 he had the castle rebuilt according to the plans of a staff officer, his friend. Of a fairly modest dwelling, as were most of the stately homes in the country, he made a fine chateau "à la mode de France", according to the expression of the time, that is to say in high slate roofs. Beautiful vaults cover the ground floor; the rooms on the three upper floors are large and adorned with a luxury of tapestries and hangings which made a strong impression at that time.

      In 1789, forced by the French Revolution, the Marquis hid abroad. This residence passed into foreign hands who fortunately respected it. The purchasers of national property were not all merciless, they left the old parents of the emigres to finish their painful old age under the shelter of the patrimonial roof.

      As soon as he returned from emigration, the Marquis de Viella bought the castle by deed of 9 Floréal Year XI. He rarely stayed there.


      AFTER THE MARQUIS, Miss de Montastruc

      It was only a few years later that the niece of the Marquis took over and maintained there for over sixty years, through her virtues, all the dignity of her illustrious descendants. This is Thérèse-Louise-Charlotte-Monique d'Aure, called Miss de Montastruc.

      Alone in her large castle, with her small number of faithful servants, Melle de Montastruc knew no other occupation than to do good. All the inhabitants of Viella surrounded him with the respectful consideration that an exemplary life imposes. She died in November 1867, and soon after M. le Marquis and Mme la Marquise de la Baume-Pluvinel, her cousins, sold the land and the Château de Viella.


      OUR APPELLATIONS, Centuries of history

      Appreciating the richness and sweetness of the Vic-Bilh terroirs, the Romans introduced the vines very early on. The first written documents about the vineyard date from the 11th century. They reveal that religious congregations are at the origin of the development of the vine. The fame of this wine is propagated by the intermediary of the pilgrims of passage on the way of Saint Jacques de Compostelle who made stopover at the Abbey of Madiran founded in 1030. The occupation of Béarn by the Black Prince who becomes in 1360 the Prince d'Aquitaine allows the English to discover this wine.

      King Edward III will consider it a ceremonial wine. The heavy oak barrels are transported by team to Saint-Sever, then on large flat-bottomed boats on the Adour, which is a waterway as far as Bayonne. From this port, the wine sets off on a long journey to Northern Europe.

      From 1688, the Dutch loaded around one thousand to seven thousand barrels. Then come the northern countries with five hundred to two thousand barrels.

      In 1763, the commissioners of the States of Béarn undertook an information campaign among the consuls established in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Brussels in order to promote and praise the qualities of the Vic-Bilh. In 1788, the Vic-Bilh asks the Parliament of Navarre for the protection of wines.

      In 1826, a regional broker shipped five hundred and one barrels of Madiran wine to Paris.

      During several centuries, the vineyard made the prosperity of the region despite the vicissitudes of the various wars. As in many terroir, phylloxera will deal a terrible blow to the vineyard. The winegrowers react. They replant and select the best land. They regrouped in a Syndicate in 1906 and obtained by dint of work and will the first delimitation of the lands of Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh in 1910.


      On July 10, 1948, their efforts were rewarded :
      the wines of Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh reach the rank of A.O.C.

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Traveller Reviews Château de Viella

4.8 sur 5 38 reviews

  • Aurelie Gineste

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Aurelie Gineste on 30/09/2021

    Super accueil dans ce beau domaine au pieds du château. Des vins bien construits pour une découverte du Tannat très agréable. On apprécie la recherche de nouveauté, dans le respect de la tradition, apportée par les filles héritières du domaine.

  • Jacquy Gaden

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Jacquy Gaden on 30/08/2021

    The commentary on the vineyard and its operation was of a very good standard. The wines presented at the meal were excellent, a discovery. Quality of the meal in accordance with the wines offered.

  • Béatrice Papin

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Béatrice Papin on 12/08/2021

    Very pleasant welcome and exchange on the passion of the winegrower's profession. Night spent in a very quiet motorhome, in the middle of a remarkable domain.

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Château de Viella

Address

Route de Maumusson
32400 Viella

GPS coordinates

43° 36'2"N, 0° 7'34.39"W

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