Fifth Growth in 1855 with winemaking by gravity

Exclusive wine experiences at Château Pedesclaux in Bordeaux, France

This 1855 classified growth is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Pauillac and offers potential just waiting to be discovered. In 2009 some decisive choices were made: a thorough restructuring of the vineyard and the construction of a gravity flow winery.


At Pedesclaux, the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has created a state-of-the-art winery in which he has mixed metal, glass and stone. Echoing the straight lines of the grape-vines, the winery is a glass-fronted structure clad in bronze. It offers a window onto the vines, welcoming them into the wine-making process and bridging the gap between the outside and inside worlds. Composed of two buildings, the domain’s architecture is characterized by minimalism and the remarkable juxtaposition of modernity with the best of tradition.

The art of leaving the best of the grape to flow slowly and naturally downward, without human intervention, is known as “gravity flow“. Time alone is responsible for gently liberating the grape’s natural richness into the winery’s cellars. At Pédesclaux, grapes are left, uncrushed, to flow by gravity into 116 two-storied conical vats made of stainless steel. At the centre of the storehouse, a system of four elevator vats allows the wine to be gently transferred, letting nature run its course.

Key features

  • Standard wine tasting
  • Cellar visit
  • Vineyards visit
  • Wine for sale on property
  • Wine shipping available
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