2012 Driving Europe travel blog




Rose bushes at the end of the vines

Entrance to chateau


Today we made a visit to the Medoc region. Located on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, north of Bordeaux the area is well known as a wine growing region. In fact there are about 1500 wineyards in the district. These are divided into areas depending on the type and quality of grape grown, and this depends on the variety of soils in the area. Grapevines grow well on well drained sloping soils and at the bottom of the hills you can see vegetables grown or the area used for cattle.

An interesting feature of the vineyards is the rose bushes that grow at the end of the rows. This was traditional done because it was thought the rose bushes reacted more quickly to diseases and so you could treat the grape vines much earlier if there was a problem. I am not sure if this actually works but there a lot of rose bushes grown throughout the district.

We visited two chateaus and were given a guided tour through the wineries and the wine making process was explained and of course we had the tasting at the end of each. At the second one the wine we tried was a 2004 vintage that sold for about 80 euro per bottle.

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