7 THINGS TO DO IN SAINT-ÉMILION
They say that it’s even more beautiful than Bordeaux. That the food and wine is to die for. And that everything about it is made for the good life. For anyone who has a penchant for gastronomy, culture and great views, Saint-Émilion is a dream destination.
The town has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. And within its cobbled streets and charming squares, you’ll find some of the best shops, restaurants and architectural sights in the world. Here are the top 7 things to do in Saint-Emilion during your visit:
1. GO WINE TASTING
This wine-growing region has been classified since 1955, with wines being updated every 10 years. Currently, there are 18 Premiers Grands Crus classés and 64 Grands crus classés. The wines are blended from a range of grape varieties (including Merlot, Cabernet France and Cabernet Sauvignon).
Top places for tasting are Maison Du Vin de Saint-Emilion, Château La Dominique, and Château Siaurac. We can also arrange bespoke wine tours in the Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion region.
2. EXPLORE ON BIKE
Cycling is a great way to experience the town’s lush greenery, rolling vineyards and beautiful architecture. There are over 30 different cycle routes in Saint-Émilion, ranging from short loops to longer courses for a complete workout. For a full day’s cycling take the trail from Saint-Émilion to Bergerac and back again – the views are wonderful here.
3. HIKE ON THE WINE ROAD
A fantastic activity during the summer months. Experience Saint-Émilion’s ‘wine route’ on foot and enjoy spectacular views of the vineyards. If you would like to find out more about the wine being made here, be sure to book a guided tour and make time for a few tastings along the way.
4. SHOP FOR CRAFTS
The souvenirs found here are utterly unique; Saint-Émilion’s shops are the epitome of quality craftsmanship. Visit Le Divan for creative one-of-a-kind interior décor. Laguiole En Aubrac for handcrafted knives, corkscrews and table art. And Vitrail Color for stunning glass art and sculptures for the home.
5. DISCOVER FINE DINING
This area is known for its inviting regional cuisine, with many places serving up traditional and rustic dishes. But for those who are here to experience the crème de la crème (such as Michelin star dining), there are some establishments that need to be on your bucket list. Such as La Table de Plaisance by Chef Ronan Kervarrec or the Auberge Saint Jean with its incredible location.
6. GO UNDERGROUND
Much of the town’s iconic attractions can be found beneath ground level. Take an underground tour to discover the largest monolithic church in Europe and its four monuments. A guided excursion will unleash Saint-Émilion’s interesting history, with a chance to visit the famous ‘fertility chair’ locked away in one of the underground caves.
7. EXPERIENCE LOCAL ART
Immerse yourself in the town’s creative neighborhoods and soak up the art at Le Passage de la Cadène Sarl, The Little Gallery on Rue de la Grande Fontaine, or Gallery Orange Bleue. There are also a number of quirky art shops for those who want to decorate their homes with something beautiful.