The Saint Emilion wine route is one of most renowned routes of the area, both for the wines you can find along the way and for the amazing medieval village of Saint Emilion (only 35 minutes from Bordeaux).
Situated in a hilltop position, Saint-Emilion dominates the Dordogne Valley: its landscape, which consists of the village and the vineyards, has been awarded the title ‘Cultural Landscape’ by UNESCO – first vineyard in the world! The whole area seems to be intact, as it was centuries ago, for this reason, it is a perfect starting point for a wine tour. There, you can have a tour around the village, in cellars and through vineyards; you can taste different wines in different places and enjoy the views. In the small village, you can find the largest monolithic church in Europe, ancient buildings, caves and a great number of historic monuments which represent the heritage of the heart of the wine growing region. The legend says that the village was founded by a monk from Brittany who sought refuge in a cave and made several miracles. In the small village, you can take a look at the Trinity Chapel, the Monastery (near to the cave where the monk was buried) and the Grande Muraille.
The wines of the region are blended from different grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) and the classification consists of the following levels: Premier Grand Cru classé A, Premier Grand Cru classé B and Grand Cru classé. Today, there are 4 estates at the highest level: Chateau Angelus, Chateau Ausone, Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Pavie
The vineyards date back to Roman age and the region is one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux with Médoc, Graves and Pomerol. Pomerol is a smaller area but has the same Roman history and roots. There, the main variety of grape is Merlot.
In these two areas, you can taste different varieties of wine, you can visit renowned chateaux, estates and enjoy beautiful views and breathtaking landscapes. Last but not least, in order to experience the whole area, you can visit the vineyards by bike, around a 10-km vineyard loop that you will never forget!
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