Le Village du Lac is ideal for exploring the length and breadth of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. Wine is an integral part of the history of Bordeaux – for nearly two thousand years, vineyards have influenced the design of the city, and moulded the landscape and the wine routes of the Bordeaux region.

Bordeaux is at the centre of the largest (122,000 hectares) and oldest area of vineyards producing fine wines in the world. Among them are the famous appellations of Médoc, Pessac Léognan, Saint-Emilion and Lalande de Pomerol.

The area also has more than 8,000 wine-producing chateaus, 10,000 wine-growers, 60 wine co-operatives and 400 trading companies, etc.

Explore the wine route, and discover the landscapes shaped by the winegrowing industry, the buildings and the famous chateaus of Ausone, Pétrus and Cheval Blanc, among others.

Taste some of the most prestigious wines in the world: Yquem, Mouton Rothschild, Haut Brion, Saint-Emilion, and so on.

Adapt your route in line with your own tastes

Within a 50km radius of Le Village du Lac, 4-star Bordeaux campsite are the chateau routes, from Sauternes to Graves, and from Entre Deux Mers to Côtes de Blaye.

Follow the route of the Medoc appellation as far as Pauillac, exploring the famous chateaus classed as Grand Crus, such as Margaux, Kirwan, and Pichon Longueville. Le Village is right on the edge of the Médoc area, making your first vineyards 6km away.

Follow the Graves route, and stop off at the “Les Sources de Caudalie” Vinotherapy centre, next to the famous Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte.

In some towns, you can also explore the vineyards’ architectural heritage, for example the unmissable Saint Emilion – 45km from Le Village du Lac, 4-star Bordeaux campsite – a mediaeval town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

One weekend every year, wine growers open their doors to the public and invite them to sample their own particular nectar. The dates for these events is available on request from the Maison du Tourisme de la Gironde (Gironde Tourist Office).

Half an hour from Le Village du Lac, 4-star Bordeaux campsite, Planète Bordeaux invites young and old alike to explore the wine-producing heritage in a fun and enjoyable way.

Other viticultural activities include :

  • find out about barrel-making at the Nadalié cooperage,
  • visit the Musée du Négoce et du Vin (Museum of Wine and Trade) in Bordeaux,
  • stroll around the mediaeval town of Saint-Emilion, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site,
  • depending on the season, take part in grape harvest workshops and learn all about the job of being a wine grower,
  • take a wine-blending class to create your own wine,
  • go on an introductory tasting session, held by the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Wine Museum and Information Centre),
  • watch glass-blowing at the Verrerie des vignobles (Vineyards Glass Centre).

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