St Emilion 33330

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Saint-Émilion's is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets, but world famous for its wines.

The Romans planted vineyards as early as the 2nd century. It is one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux along with the Médoc, Graves and Pomerol. As with Pomerol and the other appellations on the right bank of the Gironde, the principal grape varieties used are the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, plus smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon used by some châteaux.

We suggest that you stroll around the town and admire the many monuments including cloisters, collegial church, small and large washhouses...but wear appropriate footware as there are ancient cobblestone streets (called tertres and escalettes locally).