survey of the town
Part of the Region of Aquitaine, Vianne lies in the Nerac
district in the canton of Lavardac. The commune extends over an
area of 982 hectares with a population of 1,224 inhabitants (on
1st January 1999). The town is part of Agenais. Bordering the
Landes, and lying in the Baïse river valley lined with hills,
its location was highly suitable for human settlement.
On alluvial soil edged by Agenais sandstone, Vianne plays its
part in the local cereal-growing and market-gardening economy,
including orchards and vineyards (côtes de Buzet). A fairly
large glassworks means the commune also experiences the ups and
downs of industry. The Entre-deux-Mers motorway linking Bordeaux
and Toulouse with the Mediterranean sea can be reached at the
Damazan intersection, 13 km away, while the Villeneuve-sur-Lot/
Mont-de-Marsan trunk road can be joined through an opening made
in the town walls. As the Baïse river is navigable, Vianne
is a convenient stopping place for river tourists thanks to its
mill and the lock.
The Albret valley, a tourist area with Nerac as its capital, is
crossed by the Tenarèze - an ancient roman road - and boasts
a fortified mill, castles dating from the 13th, 14th and 17th
centuries, bastides (fortified towns) and Romanesque churches
scattered over hilly countryside partly covered by the Buzet vineyards.
Its gastronomy should not be overlooked either, with in-season
products available throughout the year.