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  • Day4

    Saint Émilion

    August 6 in France ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Went on another wee train trip today to the well preserved medieval town of St Émilion, famous for its red wine. Like many French towns, the station was a bit out of the centre and involved a 25 minute walk into the town. However this was very pleasant as it passed alongside the vineyards. Did a recommended walking tour around various churches and monuments which were lovely. However, it got too hot (35 degrees!) so I sat in a lovely wee shaded restaurant balcony and had a very leisurely lunch. The service was painfully slow, but the young waitress was smiling and friendly and doing her best, and I was in no rush. The food was delicious - a very tasty gazpacho, complete with a dollop of refreshing sorbet on top, followed by a lovely roast pork, all washed down with local wine and a much needed litre of sparkling water.

    The train back to Bordeaux failed to appear until 45 minutes after its scheduled time, by which time us passengers were melting in the searing heat at an old closed, unmanned station with no facilities. I tell you it was straight to the on board toilet when the train did arrive after that litre of water!
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  • Day6

    Vin Vin Vin

    August 8, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Gegen 9 Uhr haben wir unsere Weintour gestartet. Um 10 Uhr die erste Weinverkostung im Medoc. Es war super interessant, da man uns gezeigt hat, wie eine echte Weinverkostung funktioniert. Wir haben unheimlich viel über die Trauben, den Anbau und die Herstellung von Wein gelernt; insgesamt sind wir auf 3 Weingüterngewesen und hatten eine geführte Tour durch Saint Emilion. Ein wunderschönes Dorf!
    Den Abend haben wir ausklingen lassen im La Petit Commerce, Seafood at it's best!
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  • Day152

    Saint Emillion- Wine Country!

    August 20, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Following our airbnb hosts recommendation we head to Saint Emilion to visit the "chateaus" for some wine tasting. When he first explained it he said the chateaus are castles, where you can go for tours.. our response was not very enthusiastic until we realised that they are actually wineries that take you for a tour of their estate and end with a wine tasting- we're in!

    The wine tasting in the area is quite different to what we are used to: you need to make an appointment to go. First stop we head to Saint Emilion town centre which we discover is a beautiful little historic town. Next we head to one of the chateaus of the day, Chateau Bernateou- a family run business that has been handed down 8 generations, they produce only 100,000 bottles of wine each year. We get a very personalised and detailed tour of the winery, including the vineyards, hoppers and barrels. We are impressed by the level of detail that goes into the wine making- they use an optical sorter to check every single grape! The wines are delicious so we pick up a few bottles for our picnic lunch and Deb orders a case to ship home.

    Next stop a fancy looking winery with the prestigious "Grand Cru Classic" classification for their wines. We actually weren't that impressed by the wines (and at 10euro each for the tasting it was a bit steep) but their estate is gorgeous, sat on top of a hill overlooking the entire region and complete with fancy looking castle, so was definitely worth the visit.

    Back to Bordeaux for dinner and a walk down the riverside.. there are people everywhere still at 11pm, just wandering around, chatting and dancing! Got to love the lifestyle here :-)
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  • Day2

    St. Emilion

    April 18, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    St. Emilion ist eine süße mittelalterliche Stadt eine Stunde von Bordeaux entfernt. Es liegt mitten in der Weingegend, sehr idyllisch. Es gibt überall Wein und Macarones zu kaufen und das Dorf ist auch ein bisschen zu sehr touristisch aufbereiter, aber trotzdem einen Besuch wert.Read more

  • Day420

    Day 421: Saint-Emilion Wine Region

    April 11, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Wine time! Headed off to the east of Bordeaux, where one of France's most famous wine regions is located. Bordeaux itself produces a huge percentage of French wine, but one of the most prestigious comes from the Saint-Emilion valley. It's been produced for centuries, and is apparently really good because of the limestone soil that keeps the moisture consistent between seasons and years, while the caves are great for keeping things at consistent temperatures.

    So we drove into town, parked up and had a wander. It's quite a pleasant little spot, though obviously a bit touristy. Nice buildings, and a unique underground church, plus vineyards on the horizon everywhere you looked. We did a spot of wine tasting in an underground cellar, though it cost 5 euros each for just two wines and we both thought the pours were quite stingy. Oh well!

    Had to solve our issues with lunch, where we had a typical lunch menu. Salmon and goat's cheese terrine for starter, then a steak with fries for main followed by a coffee. Very tasty and filling!

    After lunch we hopped in the car and drove around the local area, looking at all the various chateaux. There's some 800 separate producers in the region, the largest at several hundred hectares of vines, while the smallest has just over one hectare. Unfortunately the early spring meant the vines weren't flowering yet, everything still looked dead and barren though there were green shoots here and there. It must be really nice in summertime!

    Eventually we finished filming and headed back home to Bordeaux.
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  • Day4


    September 25, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Saint-Emilion. We've been looking forward to visiting this town and its well-regarded wines. In contrast to Libourne with its center square and streets on a grid, Saint-Emilion is located on a hill with steep and narrow streets. Even with a map it was confusing. Its history goes back to prehistoric times and the Romans planted vineyards here in the 2nd century. It was renamed after the monk Emilion from the 8th century. He settled in a hermitage carved into a rock. The monks who followed him began the commercial wine production in the area. Today the town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our local guide gave us a brief tour of the town including the Collegiate Church and Cloisters. Then we set off to sample the wine. We found a little open air bar. Ron has been studying French on Duolingo. He ordered us a bottle of wine and four glasses. It was a lovely day and we enjoyed the sunshine and the wine. The streets were confusing but we just headed downhill towards the river to our ship.Read more

  • Day339

    Frankreich, Saint Émilion

    August 30, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Rund um Bordeaux weiß man ja gar nicht welchen Wein man zu erst und zu letzt probieren soll, geschweige denn welches "Château" man nun besuchen sollte.
    Wir haben uns für einen Ausflug in das kleine, hübsche Saint Émilion entschieden. Schon der Weg dorthin war toll; leichte Hügel, überall Wein(felder) mit dicken, fetten Trauben dran und alles sehr ruhig und dörflich.
    Im Ort selber geht es auch ruhig zu, wenn auch das meiste auf den Tourismus ausgerichtet ist.
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  • Day128

    St. Emilion, wine country

    October 11, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    It is here that we really had a taster of what we were looking forward to in France - spending a few days getting to meet the locals on their own 'turf' and tasting wine!

    We couldn't have chosen a better place to stay, at Chateau Arnaud de Jacqueameau, owned by the Dupuy family who have been growing grapes and making St. Emilion Grand Cru for five generations.

    The family graciously allowed us to stay on their land, free of charge, in a designated spot in the middle of the vines, for 3 nights. This gave us time to visit the town of St. Emilion, just 1.5km away, as well as having a private tour and tasting by Mr. Dupuy senior who, at 83-years old, spent two hours showing us how he produced his wine and how best to taste it - all in Franglais!

    Whilst in St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site, we were able to enjoy the beauty of the village from the various viewpoints and then had a tour of the monolithic 'underground' church in the centre of the village. It is believed by many that the hermit Emilion lived in a cave, where the church now stands, for 17 years. The church, which is massive, was excavated over a period of 50 years and carved out of solid limestone. It is effectively underground, with the bell-tower the only part that stands proud for all the visiting pilgrims to see from afar. It is a wonderful area, steeped in history and one that we look forward to returning to.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Saint-Émilion, Saint-Emilion, Sent Milion, Saint Emilion, Emilion-la-Montagne, סנט-אמיליון, Saint-Émilion hegyközség, サン=テミリオン, სენტ-ემილიონი, Сент-Емильйон, 33330, Сент-Эмильон, แซ็งเตมีลียง, Сент-Емільйон, سینٹ-عملوں, 圣埃米利翁

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