Pauillac and Medoc vineyard
From Bordeaux to Soulac sur Mer via Lacanau or Montalivet, the Médoc peninsula extends over 100 km between ocean and estuary and offers a diversity of landscapes like vineyards, pine forest, moors, marshes and sandy beaches.
Médoc is known for its wild beaches, surfing, hiking, cycling, or to enjoy the great outdoors and preserved nature. You may also come in Medoc for yachting on the largest estuary in Europe and of course to discover world's most famous vineyards. Here, is the heart of great wines appellations like Pauillac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe, Margaux, Listrac and Moulis ... the place where flourish the great growth wines.
vineyard by airplane, several cruises on the estuary ...) and all the tips to make your visit in Médoc unforgettable.
Pauillac, Medoc vineyard’s capital and gateway to the Estuary
Pauillac, halfway between Bordeaux and the Pointe de Grave is the undisputed capital of the Medoc wine region, with its 18 Grands Crus (Great Growths of 1855) including the famous Châteaux Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Pichon Longueville, Lynch-Bages, Pontet Canet...
Pauillac is a small town that, since ancient times, sailors and winemakers has built on the edge of the estuary of the Gironde. Throughout the eighteenth century façade of golden stones, over a kilometer of quayside, you’ll find restaurants, hotels, shops...
Everyone can stroll, take a walk on wooden walkways along the water, take a break on the marina, visit the Tourist office and Wine house of Pauillac or continue its journey to the wine tourism center of La Rose Pauillac...
It will be from the marina that you could embark on a cruise for a few hours to explore the islands of the estuary like “Patiras island" or "Nouvelle island".
And then the year is punctuated by major events... Spring’s open days in the Chateaux in April, the Feast of the lamb and the start of the sailing race “Solitaire du Figaro” in May biennially; Médoc’s Marathon of the Chateaux in September… Finally… let's not forget that in Pauillac was born the international reggae festival : the Reggae Sun Ska !
The Château’ s road
When speaking of mythical road we immediately think of "Route 66". Well the Médoc also has his "Château’s Road". From Bordeaux, to get to Pauillac, you must take the D2 road.
Over more than 50 km, the names of the wine villages succeed each other: Margaux, Beychevelle Saint Julien, Bages, Pauillac, Saint Estèphe ... and you can count hundreds of wine Chateaux.
You can stop to visit cellars where great wines are produced, to meet local wine producers and enjoy (with moderation of course!) this precious nectar. You may also simply admire the facades of dozens of Chateaux, which architecture often nineteenth century’s, ranges from neoclassical to baroque through Mary Tudor style or even of an oriental palace...
Arrived at Pauillac, look no further! Go to the Tourist office and Wine house (open daily, all year round) where you will find ideas for visits and activities (emotion tours, overview of the vineyard by plane, cruise on the estuary ...) and all the tips to make your visit on the Médoc unforgettable.