Landscape Libournais region
Saint-Émilion village
Landscape Côtes de Castillon region
Landscape AOC Margaux region
Landscape Entre-Deux-Mers
Landscape Entre-Deux-Mers
Côteaux Entre-Deux-Mers
Château AOC Côtes de Francs
Château AOC Pessac-Léognan
The Fortresses or Bastides trail
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The bore is the first wave at high tide, caused by the meeting of two opposite tides. Every year, at Saint-Pardon-de-Vayres, river surfers take advantage of this wave, towards the end of summer, at the time of the equinoctial Atlantic tides. Tide calendar available at the Tourist Office in Libourne.
Between the castles and the fortresses, wines to enjoy in their first flush of youth
routes des vins The Entre-Deux-Mers area, the largest wine growing area in the Bordeaux region, owes its name to the two rivers surrounding it.

It produces a great many wines, red, rosé and light red, lively and fruity; also a large variety of white wines to be enjoyed when young and fresh, and a whole range of moelleux and liquoreux whites.

Travel through History, thanks to the typical fortresses and the medieval abbeys; travel through literature in the steps of famous writers such as Montaigne and Mauriac at his castle of Malagar.
Your itinerary
To visit the châteaux and for all additional information, contact the Wineries for the various appellations. (Click on the « Wineries » page).

voir la carte • ITINERARY 1

From the centre of Bordeaux, cross over the bridge on the Garonne and join the D10 along the river in the direction of Cadillac.

Drive through the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux appellation (that produces red and rosé wines), then enter the white liquoreux appellations : Cadillac, Loupiac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont.

Worth seeing : In Cadillac, the castle of the Dukes of Epernon, a prestigious example of 17th century architecture, where Henri IV, Louis XIII and Louis XIV visited.

You could go on as far as Saint Maixant, to visit the Malagar estate (François Mauriac’s property) that offers an exceptional view over the Garonne valley, then the very picturesque village of Verdelais and proceed to Saint-Macaire (a listed medieval city) and La Réole (a town overlooking the Garonne, boasting many listed Monuments).

• ITINERARY 2

From Bordeaux, cross over the Garonne and join the D671 in the direction of Créon, La Sauve-Majeure, and its Winery (entre-Deux-Mers appellation).

Visit the magnificent 11th century Abbey in La Sauve-Majeure and the listed Blasimon Abbey.

Proceed to Sauveterre-de-Guyenne to visit its superb bastide (fortress) and follow the vineyards to Monségur.

The winegrowers have many rooms to let, so you can stay in the area and enjoy local products on offer in the markets.

• ITINERARY 3

To go to Sainte-Foy-la-Grande and its vineyards, cross over the Garonne, with the D936 in the direction of Branne.
A few suggestions
• Do visit the Farm of Forgotten Vegetables in Sadirac. Tel. 33 (0)5 56 30 61 00

• Cycle paths available; wine tasting stops in former railway stations; enchanting rooms on winegrowing estates. Visit the Tourist Office for information.