Many of the chateaux in Entre-deux-Mers are as impressive as those in the Medoc or Saint Emilion. One example is Chateau Rastignac which was designed as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson to resemble the White House in Washington. The artist Toulouse Lautrec lived at Chateau de Malromé.
Dating back to the 12C, Chateau Camarsac is a medieval fortress. Legend has it that the Black Prince, the son of the English king Edouard 111, stayed here. The chateau is open for visits and wine tastings.
A good place to start with wines from the region is Planète Bordeaux. Planète Bordeaux offers tastings and activities in a unique environment - just the place to try some of the 12 appellations to be found in Entre-deux-Mers.
The Maisons des Vins in Cadillac is another very popular Entre-Deux-Mers destination. Winner of the "Best of Wine Tourism Award” on numerous occasions, this wine centre, also known as "La Closière", offers a range of entertaining activities revealing the secrets of the region’s wines, with something for all the family (walks through the vineyards, wine-tasting workshops, gourmet tastings, and the Grape Game for children).
For wine lovers, one of the best known chateaux in the region is Chateau de Reignac whose wines scored very highly against some of the heavyweight Grand Cru Classé bottles. Wine tastings are held in the 16C pigeonnier. The conservatory was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Visits can be tailored and are multilingual.
Regarding food and wine pairing
It is traditional in Bordeaux to serve sparkling wines as an aperitif.
The reds, rosés and the clairets can be accompanied by red meat, charcuterie, grilled dishes or pan-fried vegetables.
As for the dry white wines, they are usually enjoyed with fish and crustaceans, while the sweet wines go well with blue cheeses and fruit-based desserts.