The Medoc region in southwestern France produces some of the finest wines in the world. These include Margaux, Pauillac and the famous Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. When traveling throughout Medoc, you often have the feeling that a beautiful Chateau is just around the corner. Enjoy the tantalizing glimpses of the beautiful castle turrets that peak out from the vineyards.
True wine enthusiast can follow “La Route des Vignobles” (The Vineyard Route) that begins in the small town of Margaux up to the northern extremity of the peninsula. The route will take you to the region’s best known wineries that you can tour (and do tastings!) along the way.
However, there is more to Medoc than just wine. The region is also home to some lovely medieval villages and picturesque fishing ports along the Gironde estuary including Talais and Valeyrac. Make sure to visit the 13th century abbey in the town of Vertheuil and the truly unique church of Saint Vivien de Medoc. The Medoc area also has over 100 kilometers of sandy beaches. It’s a great place for a relaxing vacation!
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Prepare your visit to Medoc
When to visit Medoc
The Medoc region is beautiful year-round. However, there are a few times you might want to avoid. January is quite cold and barren. We also recommend avoiding harvest times as most Chateaux suspend tours during this period. May through August are particularly nice months to visit!
How long is needed to visit Medoc
The amount of time needed in the Medoc region really depends on the number of Chateaux you want to tour. While there are a few towns to see, the region’s main attraction truly is the wine. If you are an enthusiast, we recommend a minimum of two or three days to enjoy and learn about the wine produced in Medoc.
What should I wear to visit Medoc
When visiting the Medoc region, dress for the season. Bring a sweater when visiting wineries, the cellars can be quite cold! Other than that, it really depends on the Chateaux you plan on visiting. Some of them are more formal than others, you can contact the owner for details.
What is there to see in Medoc
The Château Lynch-Bages is one of the best-known wineries in Medoc. It’s located 2 kilometers south of Pauillac, in a the lovely hamlet of Bages. It’s also one of the region’s oldest wineries. One on their wines was among the first 18 prestigious Cinquièmes Crus to be classified for the first time in 1855. Make sure to add it to your itinerary!
One of the main non-wine related towns of interest in Medoc is the village of Vertheuil. It’s home to one of the Medoc’s finest architectural monuments, the Vertheuil Abbey – the ruins of a medieval castle. Visit the three-part monument that includes the abbey church itself, the living quartiers and the peaceful garden surrounding the site.
The Château Lanessan
The Château Lanessan is one of the most accessible wineries in the area. The daily hour-long guided tours take you through the neoclassical castle, the English-style gardens and magnificent greenhouse that dates to the 18th century, the stables and horse museum Tours end with a wine tasting. Make sure to reserve at least one day in advance!