Visits and Tastings
History, Tastings, Walks and more
THE MAISON DU VIN GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT CHÂTEAUX AND TASTE THEIR WINES
‘LA BOUCLE DES CHÂTEAUX’ TOUR
Enjoy a walk, bike ride or drive through the vineyards on this 15km loop trail.
THEMED VISITS ‘OUR STORIES’
Collect the leaflet at the Maison du Vin and enjoy one of these original tours through the vineyards whilst admiring the exterior architecture of the châteaux according to one of the following themes: River, Landscape & Architecture, Passion, Families, Village and Winemakers. These outdoor visits are open to all, unguided and do not require advance booking. Each themed trail reveals the history of the châteaux and winemaking village of Saint-Estèphe through a closer look at its architecture, anecdotes and legends. If you would like to take this opportunity to visit the cellars then please check the visiting conditions for each individual château.
Along the river
Discover the Saint-Estèphe appellation from the banks of the river
Landscape & Architecture
A closer look at the châteaux of Saint-Estèphe and their remarkable heritage
The historical anecdotes of Saint-Estèphe
An insight into the history of the village and the families of Saint-Estèphe.
This tour of the appellation’s main hamlets reveals the diversity of its landscapes and terroirs
The opportunity to get to know Saint-Estèphe winemakers
Vineyards huts and Towers in the vineyards
The vineyard huts
The vineyard huts that still stand in the Saint-Estèphe vineyards bear witness to the region’s past.
These huts can be spotted in the middle of the vines and were used as a shelter for vine workers wishing to take a break, have lunch or take refuge from bad weather.
They were also a convenient place to store their tools.
The development of mechanical tools, the use of tractors instead of horsepower and improved access between the house and the vines resulted in less need for these buildings and gradually saw them disappear.
The architecture of the huts is very varied.
The smallest are composed of just a single room.
The more sophisticated count two rooms on the ground floor and another floor above.
Inside there is usually a chimney which enabled the vine workers to warm themselves up during their break.
Some of them offer more comfort with facilities such as bottle holes, a small cupboard and shelves.
Some of these huts were built several centuries ago.
Although the majority of them have disappeared or are in ruins, some have been restored by their owners.
Located either at the entrance to the property or situated right in the middle of the vineyards, these towers can be said to have just as much an aesthetic purpose as a practical one.
Some of the oldest ones were dovecotes but the more recent 19th century towers were used as shelters and served a similar purpose to the huts.
They may also have been used as a watch tower to look over the vineyards.
THE CALVARIES AND CROSSES OF SAINT-ESTEPHE
THERE ARE A TOTAL OF NINE CROSSES IN THE VILLAGE OF SAINT-ESTEPHE.
MOST OF THESE CROSSES WERE ERECTED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 19th CENTURY AND NOW REPRESENT AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE VILLAGE’S HISTORY AND HOLD AN IMPORTANT PLACE IN ITS CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS HERITAGE.