Posted on June 29, 2011
The village of Saint Emilion, Aquitaine in full, is not only one of the most beautiful places in France but also a synonym for its long winemaking tradition.
They say there treading the 196 steps of the Monolithe Church to truly appreciate, and within seconds, the magical village of Saint Emilion. We are in full Aquitaine, about 40 kilometers west of Bordeaux, which wonder of the landscape seen from the bell tower is the contrast between medieval buildings and vineyards.
The tranquility of the 300 permanent residents of Saint Émilion is altered only at harvest time. During the rest of the year, travelers arriving from all over the world (especially attracted by the high quality wines) are lost in the labyrinthine alleyways Village and tour the dozens of wineries in the region.
Incidentally, most end up tasting a grape wine Merlot, here monopolizes 91% of the crop. In much smaller proportions, but not absent, also include Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The tourists, who can spend between 8 and 350 euros for a bottle of wine, because nature is understood behind such oenological excellence. A composed mainly of clay and limestone soil more regular sunny climate have made this region a true blessing for fertility of vineyards.
Region to discover
Starting from Saint Émilion in different directions, the magic of Aquitaine just beginning. So, a few minutes we find the magnificent castle Bonaguil-built in the thirteenth century and in excellent condition.
Other points that are worth discovering: Monpazier, the "most beautiful" people of France and the Cordouan lighthouse with its 311 steps ending with a panoramic view of the river Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean.