Saint-Émilion, about 20 miles north of Bordeaux, is where people actually go when they say they’re going wine tasting in Bordeaux. And it’s where you should go, too, the next time you go to France. Here’s why:
First, there is the history: The entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to prehistoric times, and also includes Roman-era vineyards and a monolithic church carved from a single block of limestone. The sights of Saint-Émilion are most definitely worth a stroll after a morning visiting wineries.
Which brings us to wineries! There are plenty of them, and many welcome visitors with open arms. Whether you go it alone or take a tour, there will be wine, and it will be very, very good. Merlot is the reigning champ of Saint-Émilion wine country, although many grapes are grown here.
Some wineries offer wine tasting merely as a way to test a wine before purchase; at the other end of the spectrum, some have a full day of activities, including vineyard tours, bottling processes, and even offer a lunch paired with wine.
Of course, in town there are also countless places to do wine tasting; from stores to wine bars to tasting rooms, you’ll find that by the end of your time in Saint-Émilion you’ll be discussing terroir with the best of them.