Discover the medieval city of Saint-Émilion, Gironde
From camping in Arcachon in the Gironde, you will be well located to visit Saint-Emilion.
His name is on the labels of the best bottles of wine and is deeply associated with viticulture. Yet Saint-Émilion has much more to offer the visitor than wineries and vineyards. This medieval Gironde city near Bordeaux contains several well-preserved ancient monuments reminiscent of 2,000 years of history such as the monolithic church, the collegiate church, the Cordeliers cloister, the Ursuline convent, the Roy tower, the Cardinal Palace and the Brunet Gate.
Village built in the countryside, on a rocky promontory, Saint-Emilion astonishes by its beautiful landscapes and the tranquility of its inhabitants. The works of Man blend in wonderfully with the surrounding nature, a harmony that earned him his UNESCO World Heritage designation. Take the time to wander through the medieval city and pause time, and open your eyes to not miss any detail of the architectural heritage that you will come across.
Book now your next stay in the Gironde for your holidays, and discover all the riches of the famous vineyards of Saint-Emilion.
Visit the famous vineyards: Wine Route
Did you like your ride in the historic heart of Saint-Émilion? Place to wine tourism. The discovery of the vineyards here is a real treat, as it satisfies the palate and the retina. By car or by bike, the « Wine Route of Bordeaux in Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac » will take you to the right bank of the Dordogne.
Unlike the large estates of the Bordeaux region, the vineyards of Saint-Émilion consist mainly of small family farms. It covers an area of 5,400 hectares, on a plateau that contains hills and clay-limestone soils. The first vines were planted in the region since ancient times by the Romans. Winegrowers improved their techniques over the centuries. They joined forces in the late nineteenth century, in 1884, creating the first wine syndicate in France to better face the phylloxera crisis that had dramatic consequences for professionals in the sector.
During the twentieth century, winegrowers set up quality labels to highlight the unique character of their red wine and to defend it. The worldwide reputation of the Saint-Émilion vineyard was rewarded in 1999, with its inscription as a Unesco World Heritage cultural landscape. Château Angélus, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Ausone, Château Pavie and Château-Figeac are some of the main grands crus.
Gastronomy and tasting in Saint-Émilion
Downtown Saint-Emilion is lined with cellars and wine bars where you can taste and buy the best bottles in the region. The Martin establishment, the Grande Cave and the Comptoir des Vignobles are among the most famous wineries. If you prefer the friendly atmosphere of a wine bar, you will be seduced by the terrace of the Cordeliers just in front of the cloister, the old stones of the Antre Deux Verres and the wooden decoration of Ô 3 Fontaines.
You want to learn all the secrets of oenology and know how to recognize a good wine? The School of Wine in the House of Wine offers thematic training (tasting, discovery, assembly). The courses are accessible to beginners and include a playful dimension that allows you to immerse yourself in his glass of wine with lightness, while having fun and having a good time.
Looking for a table to match your glass of wine for a family lunch, a celebration with friends or a romantic dinner in Saint-Émilion? Turn to a gourmet restaurant that offers an unforgettable culinary journey such as the Tertre, the Logis de la Cadène, the Clos du Roy, the Table de Plaisance or the Oystercatcher.