Our first view of the Pyrenees in the distance as we approached the town of Gan. The Aire was in the corner of a car-park and next to a quiet stream and free.

Just over the Road was the Cave De Gan Jurançon ( The tour was free and included tasting of their wonderful produce. It was a very quiet afternoon and our tour guide gave us a personal service!

They specialise in sweet wines and they told us are almost unknown outside France although they sell over four million bottles a year. Very interesting is that the grapes largely press themselves – 85% of the juice is extracted just by putting the grapes in huge 3 story tall vats – this is the equivalent of a 15 ton press.

The wine was wonderful and we bought two bottles for the ‘cellar’ including one that is aged in oak barrels. They use new oak – guess what happens to the oak afterwards – yep – whisky barrels!

We did a cycle tour of the town but it didn’t take too long! Dinner by the river and surrounded by ducks.