The Retreat @ Le Grand Bois - B&B,  Pool, Gite, Park & Gardens
The Local Wine Regions & Vine Yards
 
We are very fortunate to be surrounded by some of the worlds most famous wine regions, Villages & vineyards, as well as some fantastic lesser known wine regions, & vine yards some producing both Reds & Whites, not that we're in any way experts, but we know what we like & what tastes good. Or at least we think we do !
The history of wine in the region arrived long before we ever even visited the region, in-fact the history dates back to around the first century B.C. when there were merchants already dealing with wine that were based in the Bordeaux area. This was before any vineyards actually existed here, the first vineyards in the region were planted by the Romans and from then on the region has been dominated by its wine production, followed by the wealth of seafood that is found in the neighbouring waters of the big rivers,the Gironde, the Garonne, & the Dordogne, the Arcachon Bassin, & the Atlantic. By the time that Henry Plantagenet (the future King Henry II of England & ruler over a vast part of France) married Eleanor of Aquitaine the region was already producing a robust red wine known as Clairet, which we still call Claret today, & so our love affair with wines of the Bordeaux regions had begun & has yet to diminish, and as far as the English go the rest is history !
 
Other wine regions within half an hours drive include; Agenais, Bergerac, Buzet, Duras, & Marmande. I am bound too have missed at least one other, for that I apologise.
 
St Emilion - A True Bordeaux Grand Cru
St Emilion - A True Bordeaux Grand Cru
Often described as the Worlds most famous wine village. Please see; Places to Visit & See Locally, for more on this, one of the most beautiful villages too, & under an hour from Le Grand Bois.
St Emilion & The Surrounding Vineyards.
St Emilion & The Surrounding Vineyards.
Just one of the many wonderful vine yards with it's winegrowers house in the background, typify the South West of France.
One Of The Many Hundreds Of  Chateau In The Region.
One Of The Many Hundreds Of Chateau In The Region.
Many of the wine houses are actually the Chateau & buildings shown on the lables of their bottles, some are immence Mansion type houses, or Castle type fortified houses, like the one shown in the photo to the left, while other are much more humble affairs, but often with beautiful architectural features.
An Impecabally Maintained Vineyard !
An Impecabally Maintained Vineyard !
Many vine yard owners are just as passionate about the appearance of their vine yards as they are about the quality of the wine that they & the vine yards produce.
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