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Step 1 - La Cité du Vin
Ensconced on the banks of the Garonne, and designed by the XTU agency, the building is one of the greatest hits of 2016. It is split over ten levels, offering a permanent immersive, sensory journey that stretches over 3,000 m2, a kind of voyage into time and space exploring all the civilizations of wine, making Bordeaux the cultural wine capital of the world.
Step 2 - Saint-Emilion
The Unesco world heritage classified wine-growing landscape of Saint-Émilion is home to over 800 châteaux, in an enchanting setting of vineyards, Romanesque churches, monasteries and hospices. The medieval village of Saint-Émilion is a hotspot for tourists, with its fascinating architectural heritage, alleyways, and fashionable locations.
Step 3 - Viniv
Guided by the winemakers of Château Lynch- Bages, become a winemaker yourself over the course of one vintage, and produce your own barrel. The experience lasts for between six months and two years, from selecting plots and grape varieties to final assembly and designing the look of the 288 bottles that will bear your signature. An unrivalled experience!
Step 4 - Les sources de Caudalie
At the heart of the Graves vineyards sits an exclusive spa that combines the powers of a natural warm spring with the latest scientific discoveries on the benefits of the vine and the grape. Les Sources de Caudalie, it is also a hotel and four gourmet restaurants, one of them two-starred with chef Nicolas Masse.
Step 5 - "Le Grand Hôtel"
The Intercontinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hôtel was built in 1776, mirroring the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux, and the calm majesty of its neoclassical-style façade makes an immediate impression. Inside, interior designer Jacques Garcia has orchestrated materials to create a showcase of elegance and beauty.
Step 6 - Château Le Pape
Located in the South of Bordeaux, four delightful bedrooms and a suite offer the ideal setting for a relaxing break in the intimate atmosphere of a freshly renovated, 18th century Carthusian monastery. Guests enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the terrace overlooking superb vineyards, before taking a stroll through beautiful gardens full of rare plants, designed by landscape gardener, Camille Muller.
Step 7 - Château Troplong Mondot
The atmosphere of the foor bedrooms in the Chateau is bucolic and elegant, with wood panelling and beautiful fabrics, which are a feast for the eyes. Pleasure for foodies too, at the Chateau’s Belles Perdrix restaurant, where chef, David Charrier, has just won his first star rating. The must: the view over the vineyards and the village of Saint-Émilion.
Step 8 - Château Cordeillan-Bages
Situated on the Médoc’s route des châteaux, this mansion is a former Carthusian monastery, with a main building dating back to the mid-19th century. It houses a hotel and a two-star restaurant. In the kitchens, chef Jean-Luc Rocha transforms the produce of South-Western France into sublime dishes that marry wonderfully with the restaurant’s great wines.
Step 9 - La Grande Maison
Together, winemaker, Bernard Magrez and chef, Joël Robuchon, renovated this former Bordeaux mansion, fitting it with six luxury bedrooms and a two-star rated restaurant. Guests may also stay in one of Bernard Magrez’s three Chateaux at the heart of the vineyards, where a Rolls Royce will take them to dinner at La Grande Maison.
Step 10 - Hostellerie de Plaisance
This place looks onto the bell tower in Saint-Émilion, and its guests move between its terraces and hanging gardens, struck by the beauty of the village and of the wine-growing landscape stretching into the distance. In the restaurant, starred chef Cédric Béchade serves inspired dishes built on flavours that linger in the mouth, delicate fragrances and contrasting textures.