In the heart of the Medoc wine route winds a beautiful road littered with castles with remarkable architecture: the D2. This famous Castles Route, may only be 86 kms long from top to toe but it passes several of the most famous wine names in the world, such as Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien and Moulis.
Most of Médoc’s châteaux welcome visitors
Before starting off on the Médoc pilgrimage, call ahead to make sure the chateaux is open and to book a visit, but there’s more to the Medoc than just the fantastic wines: here are a few suggestions.
The Winery at Arsac lies a stone’s throw from Bordeaux and has around 1200 different French and international wines. They offer regular themed wine tastings accompanied bye the winemakers themselves. As a change from the zodiac, here you can find your oenologic sign, or you can put together your own blend of grapes to create a unique bottle of wine.
For the more adventurous, the Winery offers tours through the vineyards - by 4 x 4, accompanied by a ‘vine ranger’ or in time honoured French style, by Solex or by bicycle, with a stop at a chateau to taste the wines, of course!
Also in Pauillac, the ancient hamlet of Bages has been entirely restored by Jean-Michel Cazes, the owner of Chateau Lynch-Bages (Grand Cru Classé). It’s just the place to come after an afternoon’s tasting - here you’ll find a brasserie, a delicatessen and bakery, boutiques and a bicycle workshop.