Entre-deux-Mers wine route

Locally known as very welcoming, lots of wineries from this region are family owned and run with generosity. Would you like to join a wine tour or a wine tasting through the Entre-deux-Mers wine route ? There is so much to see...

Entre-Deux-Mers takes its name from its location - the region in nestled between the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers, and lies to the south and east of Bordeaux. The region has a long wine producing history; the earliest vines were planted by the ancient Romans, 2000 years ago. Wine produced by the Benedictine monks in the middle ages, initially for religious purposes, established Entre deux Mers reputation; pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostela resting at the Abbey would be offered the sweet white wines produced by the monks.  The remains of their 11c Abbey La Sauve Majeure have been declared a protected site by UNESCO.

A tip: Hit the bycicle path "Voie Verte Roger Lapébie" to the Entre-Deux-Mers wine road gems!

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Cave Coopérative de Quinsac
Château de l'Aubrade
Château du Cros

Entre-deux-Mers wine route, the largest Bordeaux appellation

The Entre-Deux-Mers region is traditionally known for its dry white wines (Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux, Entre-deux-Mers-Haut-Benauge, Côtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire, Graves-de-Vayres) its semi-sweet (Bordeaux Moelleux, Bordeaux-Haut-Benauge, Côtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux) and sweet wines (Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux, Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, Cadillac, Loupiac). These are produced from three main grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle, which give the wines a very fragrant bouquet.

However, in addition to these wines, there are winegrowers on the Entre-Deux-Mers Wine Trail making reds (Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Graves-de-Vayres, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes-de-Bordeaux, Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux), rosés (Bordeaux Rosé) and “clairets”(Bordeaux Clairet). You will also find producers of sparkling wines (Crémant de Bordeaux). By now, you will have understood... the Entre-Deux-Mers region has something to offer to everyone! It is the largest Bordeaux appellation with 2,400 hectares of vine producing around 1 million cases of wine per year. On Entre-deux-Mers wine route, most of the lands are wooded or used as farmland. The gently rolling hills are planted with vineyards and delineated by small valleys locally known as combes, meadows and forests cut by a network of brooks and rivers which give rise to the mist so propitious for the noble rot required to produce the honeyed wines.

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Entre-deux-Mers wine route: wineries tours & tastings

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. 

A selection of spectacular itineraries along Entre-deux-Mers wine route

The tourist office offers a selection of suggested routes through the region, taking in the chateaux and some of the spectacular countryside and points of interest. There are 9 proposed routes which range in length from 45 minutes to 3 hours:

  • Route to Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne
  • Route des Coteaux de Bordeaux
  • Route des terroirs “Passion Or” (“Golden Passion” Terroirs Wine Trail)
  • In the footsteps of the Builders
  • The route Jacquaire, on the road to Vézelay
  • Roman churches
  • Panoramic route on the banks of the Garonne
  • Through the land, gold passion
  • The route of Lords
  • Lords and Chateaux

Another way to see the region is by bike

The tourist office offers biking holidays with designated routes, ending the day in a bed and breakfast in the heart of a chateau. Alternatively, France’s first ‘bike resort’ can be found locally at Créon. The Roger Lapébie trail is a former railway line converted into a cycling track.  You can hire a bike, a tandem or equipment to carry the children, even the local music festival entitled involves bike rides.

The Abbey de la Sauve Majeure and bastide towns

The bastide towns of Monségur, Sauveterre de Guyenne, Pellegrue, Blasimon, Créon and Cadillac are worth a visit.  

There are also many interesting villages in the region, such as Rions, Saint Macaire, Verdelais, Sainte-Croix du Mont and La Réole which is noted for its art and history.

Finally, situated in the heart of Entre-Deux-Mers wine route, the Abbey de la Sauve Majeure , built between the 11th and 13th centuries , is one of the finest examples of architecture and romanesque sculpture from the southwest of France.

Voiture ancienne vignes