The wine region of Graves begins at its northern edge at the « Jalle de Blanquefort » north of Bordeaux, and ends just beyond Langon, south of Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Garonne River. Pronounce the word as in "gravel" which is where the region takes its name - from the unique soils which combine deep layers of gravel and stone. Dig a little beneath the gravel and you'll find clay and sand. Another important factor of the region's "terroir" is the micro-climate created by the splendid Landes pine forest which offers the vines protection from humidity and the winds.
The producers of the Graves area were not included in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, with the exception of Chateau Haut Brion, which was listed as a First Growth. They took matters into their own hands, creating the Graves Classification in 1953, to be finally officialized in 1959. This was long before the Pessac-Léognan appellation which was only created in 1987. The wines produced in the Graves and Pessac-Léognan appellations are mainly red but a smaller qualtity of excellent white dry wines also originate here. The third appellation in the area is Graves Supérieures for medium-sweet white wines.
The famous red wines of Pessac-Léognan are fleshy and balanced with elegant tannins. They are generally bursting with ripe red fruit and exude notes of liquorice. Concentrated and complex, the white wines are rich and unctuous with a beautiful freshness.
One of the best ways to discover this region is on foot, in order to touch, feel, sense and taste the terroir!
Meet with Pascale, our wine & hiking expert for a very interesting walk through the historic wine country. She will tell you all you need to know, from the growing of the grapes to the wine-making and bottling process. You will hike past some of the big names of the region -your guide will be happy to give you the history and the stories as you walk by.
Stop at one of the Grand Cru properties for a well-deserved tasting before heading back to your hotel.