Gascony and the Basque Country
The history of Gascony and the Basque Country hearkens back several centuries, to the lands we know today as Navarre. Called Vasconia by the Romans, the territory was then called Gascogne. It is the cradle of the lingua navarrorum (Navarre language, or Basque). A language that, for centuries, was spoken all the way up to Bordeaux (Burdigala) in the north, and in the south, throughout the different Pyrenean valleys to the lands surrounding the Ebro River.
Bit by bit, Roman invaders spread Latin and Occitan languages throughout the territory. Over the centuries, and due to migration of the Basque people, considered the oldest people in Europe, it lost speakers. In 1963, the first Ikastola was created and Basque was once again taught, starting in kindergarten.
An authentic land
Far from tourist clichés, Basque traditions are deeply-rooted in this territory, dotted by white farmhouses with red shutters, from the coastline to the countryside. Etxea, “the house” in Basque, is the cornerstone of traditional social life. The name designates the family clan it was cradle to, even more prominent than the official surname. What's more, for centuries, the house followed very specific rules for transfer. The pace of life is set by several traditional festivals that have survived the centuries: masquerades, popular festivals, Basque Christmas (Egun berriak), carnival, pastorals, parades, etc./div>
Culinary wealth, famous the world over.
Here, traditional recipes are still alive, transferred from generation to generation, reworked and improved. Passionate culinary memory. In the Basque Country, the youth have taken up the torch, proud of the authenticity and quality of their products. Agour belongs to this new generation of companies, who claim themselves as "defenders of the Basque and Gascony Countries' cuisine."