Another unmissable on Bordeaux Wine Route in Graves and Sauternes is the Sources de Caudalie at Martillac. With a Michelin starred restaurant, the Vinothérapie Spa and a 5* Palace, this is the place to come for a memorable meal, an afternoon being cossetted or a night of luxury.
The region is also the birthplace of Lillet, the local aperitif made famous in the Bond films. The Maison Lillet is worth a visit - founded in 1872 in the village of Podensac. They offer guided tours and tastings.
There are organised trips to the neighbouring Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, might include a visit to the tonnellerie (barrel making) or a tour of the contemporary art collection or the interactive visit ‘In the footsteps of the winemaker”, tracing the day with one of the specialists at the Chateau.
Chateau de Cazeneuve is also worth a visit. Home to King Henry 1V and Queen Margot, their sumptuous apartments are open to visitors as are the medieval cellars and troglodyte caves.
Amongst the wealth of chateaux open to visitors are Chateau La Brede, the birthplace of Montesquieu, and Chateaux de Malle and Mongenan which feature listed gardens.
The UNESCO classed gothic cathedral of St-Jean-Baptiste which is inscribed on the pilgrim’s route to Compostelle can be found at Bazas, birthplace of the French poet Ausone.