Graves and Sauternes wine region is larger than Médoc but it produces half of the amount of wine. The soil is perfect for grape growing and the trades of wine with England dates back since the XII century.
While the Médoc was the source of all red wines, the Sauternes is the one of white wines: the most famous among the varieties is, without a doubt, the sweet wine from Chateau Yquem. In this region you can find any different kind of wine: red wines (made with Merlot, Cabernet, Malbec) or dry white wines (Sauternes, Sauvignon, Muscatelle).
There, you can visit several chateaux: first, Chateau Smith Haute Lafitte, with where you can take a look at the barrels and visit the contemporary art collection; then, you can reach Chateau de Cazeneuve and Chateau La Brede, where Montesquieu was born. Wi
thin the area, you cannot miss neither the five-star palace Les Sources de Caudalie, with its spa, its luxury restaurant and several wine bars, nor the Cathedral of St. Jean Baptiste.
In order to have the best wine experience, you can visit the famous Chateau Haut-Bailly, renowned for its fine wines and the seasonal cuisine, along with the Chateau Filhot, famous for the AOC Sauternes wines.