Wine Tourism in Medoc, Bordeaux Vineyard


VINS.WINE / the vineyard of Bordeaux / Medoc

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The Médoc, Géography and Wine Appellation

The Médoc, in the geographic sense, a peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean on the West and the estuary of the Gironde in the East, is different from the Médoc wine appellation, a narrow strip of land between the estuary and the forest, about 80 kilometres long and from 5 to 10 kilometres wide.

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The Médoc vineyard is classified into eight groups of wine appellations, two regional ones, Médoc and Haut-Médoc, and six village appellations, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint Julien, Listrac, Moulis and Margaux.

From Royan

From Royan, the crossing of the Gironde by car-ferry from Royan-Le Verdon, which takes about half an hour, is an excellent way to start the day. It is interesting to have a close look at the coastline as it recedes into the distance.
The lighthouse of Cordouan on the end of the Pointe de Grave, is lit by the morning sun.

The Ferries and Crossings of the Estuary of Gironde

There are two connections by ferries, allowing a combination of travel and tourism on the estuary of the Gironde.

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schedules of the crossing Royan – Le Verdon

schedules of the crossing Blaye - Lamarque


The general idea of this route is to drive southwards by closely following the left bank of the Gironde until Margaux and to come back to the Le Verdon-Pointe de Grave to catch the ferry to Royan, by using the N215 road through Saint Laurent, Lesparre and Le Verdon.

The D2, the route of the Médoc châteaux

From Le Verdon to Bégadan

After leaving the ferry, take the direction of Le Verdon and follow the N215 road for about twelve kilometres.
Then turn left to take the D1 road in the direction of Saint-Vivien-de-Médoc. In Saint-Vivien, take the D2 in the direction of Valeyrac. This secondary road is the main way down to Margaux. You are in the Médoc area.
You will very quickly notice signs all along the road which invite you for a wine tasting. It will be the same all day long. It is not surprising when one understands that 1 500 wine growers work within the Medoc Vineyard with an annual production of more than 90 million bottles!
If it is your first visit in this northern part of the Médoc wine area, we recommend that you go directly to Bégadan, by taking D3 on the left to Port-de-By, to visit the Château La Tour de By.
The first thing to do is to climb up the tower located in the middle of the vines. The view over the vineyard and the Gironde is magnificent. The conducted tour of the wine cellars, showing the traditional and modern techniques, is very informative and together with the wine tasting, is the best introduction to the Médoc when one arrives in the North. The list of wines for sale is very large, with a good quality/price ratio. La Tour de By 93 vintage was selected by the Royal Court of England to be served at the Royal Wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie in June 1999 (see The Daily Telegraph, Monday June 21, 1999).

From Bégadan to Saint-Estèphe

From Bégadan, by taking D3 through Civrac, it is only a few kilometres to Blaignan where the vineyard of the Château Tour-Haut-Caussan with its windmill on a hill, deserves a visit for the landscape and the high quality of this ‘cru bourgeois’ wine.
Another good reason for driving by Blaignan is to stop at the craft factory which produces noisetines pralinées, chocolate hazelnuts, of the Médoc.
In this northern part of Médoc, the terrains to be visited are on high ground, Bégadan, Civrac, Couquèques, Blaignan, Saint-Ysans, Ordonnac. Their wines are value for money and the wine enthusiast will be tempted to return periodically to fill his cellar !
But today, it's time to return to Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne where one enters the Haut-Médoc appellation and to take the D2 which leads to Saint-Estèphe.
A big illustrated map painted on a wall of the ‘Maison du Vin’, situated in the centre of the town, makes it easy to locate the Châteaux.
The vineyards cover the plateau dominating the Gironde.
Outside of the town, visit the cellar of the Société de Vinification de Saint-Estèphe. The wines of this co-operative cellar are produced under the brand name of "Marquis de Saint-Estèphe".

After Saint-Estèphe, keep following the D2 in the direction of Pauillac. After several kilometres the Château Cos d' Estournel, on the left-hand side of the road, is worth visiting for its picturesque architecture and the history of its construction.

Pauillac and Saint-Julien-Beycheveylle

One arrives very quickly in the appellation Pauillac, seen by some people as the capital of the Médoc . Pauillac possesses three ‘Premiers Grands Crus Classés’, Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Mouton-Rothschild, both on the right-hand side of the D2, to the North of the town of Pauillac, and Château Latour in the South.

At Pauillac, it is pleasant to walk along the quay and have a drink or eat on a terrace from where you can see the Gironde.
South of Pauillac, still on the D2, one can see on the left, the famous tower of Château Latour and having passed through Saint Julien's village, discover the Château Beycheveylle and its park, which are particularly attractive. The Château is magnificent and open to visitors every weekday.

From Saint-Julien to Margaux

One leaves the Saint Julien appellation to cross terrains which produce the excellent Haut-Médoc wines. To try these for yourself, you can stop at Cussac-Fort-Médoc, to visit the Château Lacour-Jacquet, on the left-hand side of the D2. The family welcome there is very warm and the wines have won several well-known awards
Before continuing along the road towards Margaux, it is worth driving to Fort-Médoc for the view over the Gironde.

In Margaux, park in front of the entrance to the park of the Château Margaux and admire the classic frontage of the building constructed at the beginning of the 19th century.

Moulis and Listrac

After Margaux, we follow our route to visit both of the last communal appellations Médoc, Moulis and Listrac, which offer their ‘Crus Bourgeois’ wines. One can drive back by the D2 up to Tayac and take the small road on the left towards Moulis. Moulis is the smallest appellation Médoc but a terrain of vintage wines. In Listrac, two kilometres after Moulis, the Cave de Vinification de Listrac-Médoc deserves a visit. Besides the 'Grand Listrac label’, the cellar produces owners' wines. The choice of wines and vintages is particularly rich.

Goodbye and see you soon

The most direct way back towards Le Verdon and the ferry Le Verdon-Royan is the N215 road through Saint Laurent and Lesparre, about 70 kilometres, hopefully to arrive before the departure of the last evening ferry!

Our addresses in Médoc

Locate the wine-growing municipalities with the Médoc map

12 km from Bordeaux Center
90 km from Le Verdon (Royan-Le Verdon ferry )
30 km from Lamarque (Blaye-Lamarque ferry)


chateau du Taillan

Château du Taillan is a family-owned Estate since 1896, but today, above all, it is a modern history related by women. Nowadays,five sisters run the Château, located at Bordeaux and Médoc’s doorstep. Each with their personality(character?), they write the property’s history(story of their chateau) and perpetuate this viticulture’s passion and historic patrimony. It’s with this feminine aura, that Château du Taillan managed to renew itself over time. The wine, charming, strong and full of its owners’ history, evoluated through sustainable agriculture and an important wine & tourism activity arise, as well as many other surprises you must discover! discover Chateau du Taillan

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Château du Taillan
56 avenue de la Croix
33320 Le Taillan
tél. 05 56 57 47 00
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25 km south of Le Verdon by D1215


Located on a gravelly islet of Garonne origin, an exceptional advantage in the life of the vineyard, Château Haut-Gravat covers 10 hectares in the town of Jau-Dignac-Loirac. This village is located about ten kilometers from the ocean and two kilometers from the Gironde (Garonne estuary). This situation benefits from an advantageous microclimate for the maturity of the grapes more

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Free visit, tasting and sale every day.
From June to September (9am to 7pm). From October to May everyday by appointment..

Château Haut-Gravat
5 chemin du clou
33590 Jau Dignac et Loirac
tél. 05 56 09 41 20
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35 km south of Le Verdon by D1215 northeast of LESPARRE-MEDOC


Originally the family property counted only 2 hectares of vines. Unable to imagine a profession other than winegrower, Philippe Videau took over the small farm in 1986 and over the years made it grow to reach today 25 hectares of vineyards with different and complementary terroirs ...lire la suite more

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Cottage for 2 to 6 people, TV lounge, fitted kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, fridge, washing machine, plancha ...) bathroom, WC, garage and large garden.

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Fabienne et Philippe
Château La Branne
2, route de Peyrere
33340 Bégadan
Tél: 05 56 41 55 24
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medoc guide touristique

The Médoc Wine Council publishes each year a document very rich in tourist and wine tourism information, the "Guide Destination Vignobles en Médoc"

Upload the 2020 guide


Conseil des Vins du Médoc
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