The promise of the Bordeaux Wine Route in Graves and Sauternes being “wine-cultural inspiration”, it therefore celebrates vineyards, breathtaking landscapes, exceptional wines but also a rich, dynamic and innovative cultural heritage. To explore the Graves and Sauternes region is to set off on an assault on fortified castles, to follow in the footsteps of illustrious men who left their mark on history, and to take a journey of discovery through historic architecture. Churches, gardens, museums and galleries: the Bordeaux Wine Route offers a wide diversity of wine-cultural activities and other discoveries, for adults and children, which will charm visitors keen on heritage.
Built under Napoléon III by the architect Samuel Wolf, the museum is amazing for its size (each floor is 1750 m2), the Lagueloup cellar is located on one of the oldest wine-producing sites of the Gironde. Early Christian remains have been found in the park.
The historical site of Roquetaillade consists of two twelfth and fourteenth century fortified castles. Lived in and furnished by the same family for seven hundred years, you can admire the medieval keeps and Renaissance fireplaces, and most of all the extraordinary interior decorations by Viollet-le-Duc. You can also visit the farming museum, a 150 year old Bazadais farmhouse, and take a stroll through the park with its ancient trees. Listed as a historical monument 1840.
Located near Bordeaux, this former residence of the Kings of Navarre was at one time owned by King Henri IV of France and Queen Margot. Well worth a visit : the royal apartments with period furniture, the famous medieval underground caves where prestigious Bordeaux wine is left to age, the troglodyte caves under the chateau, and various exhibitions (sarcophagi, ancient coins, weapons, parchments, etc...). There are also beautiful grounds with trees all along the famous Ciron gorges.
The castle was built in the centre of a wooded park of about 150 hectares. Inspired by landscaped gardens and parks, and discoveries made on his travels, Montesquieu changed the areas surrounding his château. Above the first door allowing access to the château, one can read: "O rus quano te aspicia" - "O countryside when will I see you again", such was Montesquieu's desire to return to his beloved estate. The vines, having been removed in 2000, were replanted in this fine Graves soil.
Authentic medieval castle from 1305.As soon as he was elected as a Pope (in 1305), Bertrand de Goth had this fortified castle built where he was born in Villandraut. His new residence combined elaborate systems of defense with refined elements of living conditions. Cultural events take place in the heart of this outstanding building. Classified historical monument.
"Mongenan is entirely devoted to the second part of the eighteenth century. Historical documents, manuscripts, portraits, souvenirs from the French Company of the Indies, objects, precious court costumes, painted fabrics (toiles de Jouy, de Nantes and de Beautiran), plant illustrations by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, earthenware and porcelain transport the visitor to the Court of Louis XVI. A period Masonic Temple with an unusual collection of ritual objects is also accessible.
Les Jardins « pour l’ornement », « d’utilité » et « pour l’agrément » constituent une parure exceptionnelle souvent reproduite dans divers magazines. Composé sur le rythme baroque, le Jardin d’Utilité comporte plus de mille essences et variétés allant des plantes tinctoriales aux plantes médicinales ou magiques en passant par les légumes et fruits anciens. Une roseraie et une exceptionnelle collection d’iris rendent, au printemps, sa visite inoubliable. Les jardins « pour l’ornement » et « pour l’agrément », avec son théâtre de verdure, ont conservé leurs ponctuations lapidaires baroques et s’ornent de rares ferronneries de Blaise Charlut.