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 Heritage trail
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Over 200 kms of underground tunnels run under the streets of Saint-Emilion ; most of them have been transformed into wonderful cellars for the ageing of wines.
World famous wines and listed villages in unique locations
routes des vins The thousand year old vineyards, on the right bank of the Dordogne, are world famous.

That of Saint-Emilion stands on the so-called
thousand-vintage hill; it is the most renowned, not only for its fine elegant wines but also for its city listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Despite its small area (800 ha), the Pomerol appellation is the fleuron of this vineyards landscape. The wonderful Côtes de Castillon hills offer panoramic views. The Côtes de Francs area, with its vine-cloaked slopes, is dominated by remains of windmills and dovecotes.
Your itinerary
To visit the châteaux and for all additional information, contact the Wineries for the various appellations. (Click on the « Wineries » page).

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To go from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion, take the N89 in the direction of Libourne/ Périgueux, then take the Saint-Emilion exit. You should not miss visiting this medieval town with its narrow and steep streets, its wealth of monuments to a glorious past, and its surrounding Grands Crus.

Proceed along the D122, towards the « satellites de Saint-Emilion”, towards Saint-Georges, then Montagne and Lussac or Puisseguin, driving or cycling along country roads edged by Norman churches and beautifully restored wine châteaux.

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Make a stop over at Libourne, a fortified town founded in 1268 by the King of England; you will discover its embankments, the market place and the Town Hall.

Then move on to Fronsac, an appellation for red wines that are uninhibited and keep well. You will enjoy a splendid panoramic view from the Tertre, at the top of Fronsac.

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East of Saint-Emilion, join the D670 in Libourne and drive to Castillon-La-Bataille to discover the Côtes de Castillon and the Côtes de Francs. Castillon-La-Bataille recalls the famous battle which ended the Hundred Years’ War in 1453.

This is the highest peak in the Bordeaux region, with unforgettable views over the hills and the vineyards.
A few suggestions
• From April to October, tourists can board a small train that winds its way through the Saint-Emilion vineyards. Tel. 33 (0)5 57 51 30 71.

• You can hire bikes and use the many cycle paths to follow quiet lanes, discovering the vineyards at your own peaceful pace. Visit the Tourist Office in Saint-Emilion for more information.