Wander around the lush vineyards on the right bank of Bordeaux and explore the sweet wines of this region
The Sauternes area is located about 50 km southwest of the city of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne. The vineyards of Barsac and Sauternes together form the Sauternes. On an area of 900 ha for Barsac and 1,400 ha for Sauternes, the average total production is nearly 35,000 hl/year. The Sauternes appellation includes 5 communes: Sauternes, Fargues, Preignac, Bommes and Barsac. Although Barsac has its own appellation, and the winemakers can choose to put their harvest under the name of Sauternes or Barsac.
The vineyards of Sauternes are crossed by the Ciron, which is a small river tributary of the Garonne. The almost magical combination of the heat and humidity of this river favors the development of a bacterium, Botrytis cinerea. It is this mushroom that forms what is called noble rot, especially suitable for the Semillon grape variety. This mushroom concentrates the sugars of the grape and gives Sauternes wines this particular candied fruit aroma.
This gives it a characteristic taste and aroma that has made it popular all over the world. You can discover this distinct product on an exclusive wine tour in Sauternes. Walk around the vineyards, visit the finest wineries and cellars and indulge in curated wine tasting and food pairing sessions on one of our exquisite wine tours.
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