Do I need to pay for my visit?
Don’t panic, even if there is often a charge it is still affordable, allow between €3 and €15 per person, depending on the château. Some châteaux offer different rates for different types of visit. The appellation, the fame of a château and the price of its wine very often determine the cost of the visit.
Some châteaux also let you visit for free, or will deduct the price of the visit from any purchases you might make.
Planning to be observed?
As noted above, a visit to a château is above all an encounter. With the men and women who work there and sometimes live in the château. Even if not all of them close at the weekend, it is preferable to get prior information about opening hours.
Also, remember that the time of year is important when preparing your visit. From the end of July to mid-October, for example, work in the vineyard takes up most of the winegrower’s time. But given enough advance notice you could very well be there for the harvest... and even take part in it.