A large number of estates propose exhibitions of traditional tools and
other ancient objects as part of their visits. This little extra will teach
you a lot about this ancestral craft.
Certain museums – more complete or specialised – are worth visiting in their own right. On the one hand there are the eco-museums and on the other the art museums; and all of them celebrating the vine and wine.
An ideal introduction to the wine world is a visit to Planète Bordeaux in Beychac-et-Cailleau. It contains five zones displaying all you need to know about the life of wine, from the soils to the aromas in the wineglass.
If you are staying in Purple Périgord , it is the Maison des Vins de Bergerac, in the Cloître des Recollets, which will inform you about the wines of the appellation and will teach you the basics of wine tasting.
In Montagne, one of the villages in the Saint Emilion appellation, the eco-museum offers a poetic and historic approach to the vine and wine.
Others museums, ends the visit with a tasting session. The Eco-museum of Armagnac in Labastide d’Armagnac gives you a taste of France’s oldest eau-de-vie.
Wine obviously involves the use of casks. On this subject, visit the Museum of Wine, Boatmen and Barrels in Bergerac, or the museum at Château des Tuileries, in Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc.
But what about corks? They are also exhibited in the Cork Museum in Mézin, a town in the Lot-et-Garonne in the heart of the Armagnac appellation. You can follow the saga of a cork-manufacturing family in a fascinating visit.
Lovers of art and wine are quite often the same people. Several Châteaux exhibit ancient objects and contemporary works of art – or vice versa!
The prestigious Château Mouton-Rothschild presents an impressive collection of tapestries, carafes, glasses and paintings relating to wine, as well as the wine labels created by Picasso, Cocteau and others since 1945. As is the case with many estates, visits are subject to booking.
With the circuit entitled Itinerary of a wine-lover in the Médoc proposed by the Bordeaux Tourist Office, the doors of three estates open for you: Château d’Arsac, with its blue cellars and contemporary works of art, Château Lynch-Bages with its exhibitions in the former vat-house, and Château Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse-de-Lalande with its extraordinary collection of glasses and goblets.
Tasting sessions and gourmet lunches are also on the menu …