Discover, taste and learn in the Maisons du Vin

In the Bordeaux vineyard, the Maisons du Vin are just as indispensable as the Tourist Offices for all lovers of wine and discovery. In them you generally find a wide variety of wines of the appellation at cellar-door prices and wine advisers, connoisseurs of the region, to guide you in your choice. But depending on the region, it is also possible to take tasting courses, to learn all about the characteristics of the wines of the region thanks to exhibitions or visitors’ centres and to meet the winegrowers!

Saint-Emilion

In Saint-Émilion, the Maison du Vin occupies a strategic position between the Tourist Office, the unmissable gastronomic restaurant l’Hostellerie de Plaisance and the collegiate church. In the shop, open seven days a week and with 250 wines, you can take advantage of the sound advice of Bruno, which will certainly make you want to know more thanks to “Les saisons de la vigne et du vin”, a photographic exhibition retracing the whole year of work in the vineyards and the cellars, from pruning through to harvest.

Maison du vin Saint-Emilion  

Castillon

A few kilometres from there, the Maison des Vins de Castillon combines wine with a range of leisure activities offered in the region: a horseback ride in the vineyards, a canoe trip down the Dordogne or a fly-over in a plane, three unusual ways to discover the small estates and breathtaking landscapes of this “small” appellation. And of course all this ends with a tasting!

Maison du Vin Castillon  

Bourg

On the banks of the Dordogne, in the adorable village of Bourg, the Maison des Vins has just inaugurated a magnificent wine bar in glass and wood, which overlooks the river and offers a breathtaking view. Every Friday evening from May to September (and Saturdays in July and August) come to share a glass with the growers, meet the locals and put the world to rights.

maisons des vins bourg - gens balcon  

Blaye

A little further on, at the foot of the citadelle, the Maison du Vin de Blaye has a very nice selection of white and red wines from the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux appellation. But it is in the vineyards that you can continue the discovery. Every Thursday evening in July and August, the Maison du Vin organises “Festibalades” for families or groups of friends to discover the charms of the appellation’s properties. On the programme: a walk in the vines followed by a tasting and a country meal at the grower’s table!

maison vins de Blaye dégustation  

Entre-Deux-Mers

Catch up with the Entre-Deux-Mers. At the foot of the famous abbey of La Sauve-Majeure, in the small village of the same name, the Maison des Vins de l’Entre-Deux-Mers offers tastings combined with a visit to this magnificent location, classed as a world heritage site. The wines of the Entre-Deux-Mers are also coming to meet lovers of dry whites for after-work sessions in the fashionable wine bars of Bordeaux.

Maison du Vin - Sauve Majeure  

Cadillac

In Cadillac, La Closière won a Best of Wine Tourism award for the remarkable redevelopment of this old chartreuse, transformed into a tasting area and museum of vine and wine: an essential visit for discovering the secrets of Bordeaux dessert wines. The Maison des Vins also organises cookery courses with chef Olivier Straehli, who will first take you to the Cadillac market to buy good produce for cooking.

Maison du Vin de Cadillac dégustation  

On the other bank, Pauillac

In Pauillac, the Tourist Office is also the Maison du Vin. Unmissable for those who want to take back a few bottles from the eight appellations of the Médoc (with a nice selection of classed growths, in particular). Throughout the year it organises free tastings in the presence of winegrowers and each summer there is an exhibition by one of the region’s artists.

Maison vins Pauillac bouteilles