History is omnipresent in Saint-Émilion, imbuing the cobblestone streets and almost palpable during walking tours.
Each stone, each vine leaf seems to call for your attention, and your taste buds will quiver with anticipation when you smell the fragrance of the town's traditional macaroons.
This delightful medieval village, in the heart of the world-famous Bordeaux vineyards, has a cachet all of its own thanks to ubiquitous vineyards, superb wines, impressive monuments, and beautiful architecture.
A town full of history on a rocky promontory, Saint-Émilion and its surrounding vineyards owe their originality to limestone soil.
From the 9th to the 19th century, men worked inordinately hard to extract blocks of stones to construct buildings in the town of Saint-Émilion as well as nearby châteaux. This also accounts for the presence of some 200 km of underground galleries and the largest monolithic church in Europe. Limestone is everywhere, and accounts for soil that is exceptionally well-suited to winegrowing.
Man has always adapted to this magnificent rolling countryside without attempting to transform it into something it isn't, instead complementing it with harmonious architecture that blends in beautifully. The ochre light reflected from these buildings is overwhelmingly attractive and the stones seem to tell us a story well worth hearing…