The French municipality of Saint-Émilion lies in the Southwest of France, about 40 kilometers from Bordeaux on the slopes of the Dordogne. The area is most famous for the red wines that have been produced there since the 3rd century. The wines are strictly made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bouchet and Malbec grapes. The Saint-Émilion district was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1999 because of the cultural significance of the wine production, the landscape and the historic monument prevalent in the city and surrounding villages.
The charming town of Saint- Émilion is filled with old buildings and narrow streets, ideally suited to wandering and exploring. The elevation of the city offers beautiful views of the region, especially from the top of the Tour du Roy. From this 13th-century castle tower, you look down upon the roofs of Saint-Émilion and the vineyards beyond. There is also an abundance of religious architecture, such as the courtyard of the Kappitel church and the Cordelier convent. Particularly striking is the 11th-century monolithic church which has been carved out from the rocks. You can also visit the catacombs on guided tours taking you to the world beneath the city streets. Aside from the excellent local Grand Cru wine, the macaron is also a traditional delicacy. These sweet almond cookies are an artisanal staple in Saint-Émilion since 1620.
Saint-Émilion is easily reached from the Bordeaux-Merignac airport. From Bordeaux, you can drive or take bus 100, which will take around 30 minutes. The walk from the main road to the town is uphill, so wear comfortable shoes. But take your time and enjoy the stunning scenery and vineyards. The wine season in Saint-Émilion starts in April, with the late spring or late summer the best times to enjoy the town and the wines without the crowds, but with sunny weather.