Wine Tourism

Visits and Tastings

History, Tastings, Walks and more

THE MAISON DU VIN GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT CHÂTEAUX AND TASTE THEIR WINES

Visit the Saint-Estèphe wine domaines

Full brochure Visit the Saint-Estèphe wine domaines

‘LA BOUCLE DES CHÂTEAUX’ TOUR

Enjoy a walk, bike ride or drive through the vineyards on this 15km loop trail.

Download the ‘la boucle de Saint-Estèphe’ guidebook

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

Passion

The historical anecdotes of Saint-Estèphe

Families

An insight into the history of the village and the families of Saint-Estèphe.

Village

This tour of the appellation’s main hamlets reveals the diversity of its landscapes and terroirs

Winemakers

The opportunity to get to know Saint-Estèphe winemakers

Historical visits of Saint-Estèphe

 

The Tours

Heritage

Vineyards huts and Towers in the vineyards

The vineyard huts

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.

The Towers