Vianne stone obtains approval of its “geographical indication”

Vianne stone obtains approval of its “geographical indication”
Vianne stone obtains approval of its “geographical indication”

From the Agen canal bridge via the Twin Bridges of Toulouse to the quayside covering and the Pont de Pierre in Bordeaux, the Pierre de Vianne is essential in Lot-et-Garonne and the South West. Like Charentaise, Aubusson tapestry, Limoge porcelain or even…

From the Agen canal bridge via the Twin Bridges of Toulouse to the quayside covering and the Pont de Pierre in Bordeaux, the Pierre de Vianne is essential in Lot-et-Garonne and the South West. Like the Charentaise, the Aubusson tapestry, the Limoge porcelain or the Laguiole knife, this marble stone is in turn crowned with a geographical indication awarded to it by the National Institute of industrial property (Inpi). This is the 18th product to be awarded this label.

“This new approval recognizes the durability and aesthetic properties of Vianne stone. We hope that obtaining this geographical indication will promote its reindustrialization and thus contribute to perpetuating its local use,” declared the director of Inpi, Pascal Faure, in a press release this Friday, June 14.

A resource with potential

This recognition is due to the work carried out by the Association of Natural Stones of France under the leadership of Laurent Cabarry and Benjamin Sorge, who joined forces to take over La Carrière, the Vianne site in Lavardac, the creation of which dates back to 1850. These two former rugby players at the head of a team of 7 people, have been working since 2018 to “restore the image” of this hard rock which they have opened up to the field of interior design, among others.

This labeling, the result of two years of work, aims “to guarantee traceability and quality product made in France while respecting the environment”, underlines Laurent Cabarry who adds that the geographical indication also makes it possible to ensure “that not to exhaust the resource” and thereby the historical monuments that were carved from this rock.


At the head of Vianne’s career, Laurent Cabarry (left) and Benjamin Sorge, former rugby players, actively carried out the labeling project.

Loïc Déquier/SOUTH WEST

To be stamped with the geographical indication, the stone must be extracted in the area of ​​the municipalities of Vianne, Lavardac, Nérac, Barbaste, Feugarolles, Saint-Pierre-de-Buzet, Buzet-sur-Baïse, Montgaillard-en-Albret , Bruch, Réaup-Lisse and Andiran and be transformed in Lot-et-Garonne.

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