Wine Enthousiasts,  you will discover the world of terrific wine, some of the most prestigious "Châteaux" in the world,  concentrated in the renowned appellation of              Saint Emilion as Château Ausone,  Cheval Blanc,  Angélus,  Figeac,  Canon,  La Gaffelière....  and adjoin to Saint Emilion, the mysterious, small but so well known appellation Pomerol with  Petrus.

 

La Pignarderie is a fantastic place to discover wine tours, wine tasting on the road to Saint Emilion, Pomerol until the appellation Medoc, Sauternais.

First vines in Saint Emilion

      Leased by the Gallo-Roman poet Ausonius in the first century BC, the wines of Saint-Emilion have been appreciated for more than two thousand years.
        More than 30 000 years ago, the Paleolithic men settled in Saint-Emilion, attracted by the natural caves, forests and its generous waters. It was not until the Roman colonization, which began in 56 BC, that the first wine amphorae were produced there.  The Romans choose to graft varieties used around Massilla (Marseille), on vitis biturica vines, a vine present in the Southwest. In Saint-Emilion, the great history of viticulture began on the fifth century, the collapse of the Roman Empire marked the end of the Roman peace and prosperity that accompanied it. The religious cultivated the vine, but it was not until the eleventh century and the arrival of the Benedictines in Saint-Emilion that viticulture found a new boom. Meanwhile, the village had found a name inspired by an eighth-century monk from Brittany. On the way to Compostelle, Emilion stopped in a cave near the Dordogne and decided to settle there. On his death in 787, his followers built the famous monolithic church in Saint-Emilion.

SAINT EMILION  &  SURROUNDING

The wine Castillon’s region hasn’t stopped standing out and growing with the age. Until 1921 its wines were known under the denominator  “Saint-Emilionnais” or  “Near Saint-Emilion”. It was in 1931 that will be utilised for the first time the special designation of “Côtes de Castillon”.

It’s here that the great writers Pierre Loti, Michel de Montaigne, Edmond Rostand drew inspiration for the more beautiful pages.It’s also here that in 1453, in the Colly plain, the battle was fought which finally ended the 100 Year War and determined the link between  Aquitaine and the French Crown. 

Wonderful abrupt slopes prevailing the Dordogne river, facing the western, raised to one hundred heght. 

They offer to the wineyard ideal conditions of exposition and exposure.

ACTIVITIES

Take to the CHÂTEAUX

La Pignarderie is a fantastic place to discover wine tours, wine tasting on the road to Saint Emilion, Pomerol until the appellation Medoc, Sauternais.

 

Wine Tasting afternoons are available at la Pignarderie, we will have the pleasure to make you discover some  personalised selection of wine with regional local food in site or at the surrounding vineyards and Châteaux.

 

We can arrange private visits, day trips to discover the wine and the viticulture. These prestations can be provided, too, by an experience Oenologist and can cover 

Wine tasting initiation, Wine tasting training, Oenological, gastronomic and cultural tourism.

SPORT LOVERS

GOLF   TENNIS   CANOEING   BICYCLING  

A wonderfull GOLF des Grands Crus COURSE *****by TOM DOAK - ONLY 2MN away from the Villa, just opened in 2015.

www.segolfclub.com

 

We can arrange the rental for bicycles VTT  and  VTC for one day or more. An ideal way to see the area.

There are also opportunities for Tennis in Saint Emilion , Horse Riding in vineyards, hacks and riding lessons available within 3 minutes drive , Cruising and canoeing down the Dordogne .

TAKE TO THE OCEAN

 Arcachon's Bay is a beautifull bay by the Atlantic Ocean forming an inland sea with the colors of a lagon, border on one side by a blond finesand Dune, the Dune du Pyla. This dune is yhe biggest sand dune in Europe!  Be brave enough to walk down the Dune and sweam in the wonderful Ocean. Don't forget to savour an oyster's tasting at a local producer with a glass of white wine.

TAKE A STROLL

Fabulous Bordeaux city and the ocean are under one hour drive away.Enjoy a day shopping, strolling , visiting Museum in Bordeaux.

Markets - There are many fabulous markets in the surrounding towns and villages - lots of vide greniers (literally 'empty attic' sales), night time markets and farmers markets where the local farmers sell their produce which you can then sit down and eat it on the spot while enjoying the atmosphere. Just perfect!

 Ste-Foy-La-Grande has a fantastic weekly market– beautiful 13th century bastide town 20 minutes away .

 Beaches&lakes ; there are several man-made swimming lakes with beaches in the vicinity. The majority have sandy beaches, children's play areas, pedaloes, restaurants.

EVENTS


SAINT-ÉMILION JAZZ FESTIVAL

In the heart of Saint Emilion vineyards , the St Emilion Jazz Festival takes place for your pure pleasure each Summer. 

 

Known as a calm and tranquil location, St EMILION enjoys a rich and varied social and cultural programms all year round to ensure fun and entertainment for its visitors. Its historic past is revisited through local festivals and shows.

 

2 minutes away from la Pignarderiehome , we suggest you to see the "spectacle de la Bataille de Castillon".Performed on a natural arena encompassing 17 acres,within firing the original battle ground, 800 volunteers, including 500 actors and 50 horseback riders, re-enact the Battle of Castillon.

 

 http://www.batailledecastillon.com/index_UK.html

 

The "Classical Music and Wine in the Châteaux" concerts takes place from March to December around Saint Emilion. Do note hesitate to ask for the program or for more information.