Camille Le Chape­lier

Grand Saint-emil­ion­nais Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre

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Is the chance to dis­cover the wine from Sain­tEmil­ion and its neigh­bour­ing vil­lages only re­served for con­nois­seurs? CC:

Be­gin­ners and con­nois­seurs are all catered for here at the “Saint-emil­ion­nais”, thanks to the nu­mer­ous es­tates that love shar­ing their knowl­edge and savoir-faire with them. In fact, many of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to find out about the process of wine­mak­ing, from the vine to the blend. On top of that you can visit their wine cel­lars; ev­ery­thing is laid bare to the vis­i­tor! Wine lovers will ap­pre­ci­ate the chance to en­gage di­rectly with the es­tate own­ers in the nu­mer­ous fam­ily-owned chateaux, others may pre­fer to ad­mire the un­der­ground cel­lars and other ar­chi­tec­tural ves­tiges that have been left from yes­ter­year.

How might you rec­on­cile a wine tour with the dis­cov­ery of the lo­cal her­itage? CC:

Pat­ri­mo­nial mon­u­ments can be found ev­ery­where, es­pe­cially in the heart of the me­dieval ci­tadel of Saint-emil­ion. There is noth­ing more pleas­ant than tak­ing the time to me­an­der along the paved streets while mak­ing your way to the 11th cen­tury mono­lithic church that is en­tirely carved into the rock. It is the largest un­der­ground re­li­gious build­ing in Europe. The out­ly­ing vil­lages also pos­sess pat­ri­mo­nial trea­sures such as Saint-ge­orges’ and Saint Martin’s churches in Mon­tagne or the wind­mills of Calon. Some wine es­tates- like Château Mon­badon in Puis­seguin- al­low vis­i­tors to take a tour of their ar­chi­tec­tural at­trac­tions.

Are there any ac­tiv­i­ties that take you off the beaten trail? CC:

You have a va­ri­ety of op­tions for when you visit Saint-emil­ion: horse-drawn car­riage, tuk-tuk or even seg­way, the elec­tronic ve­hi­cle on two wheels that is steered by us­ing your body weight. Be­yond the wine and lo­cal her­itage, Saint-emil­ion is also known for its gas­tro­nom­i­cal ex­cel­lence. The mac­a­roon is a lo­cal spe­cial­ity, and there are var­i­ous dif­fer­ent op­tions for eat­ing out. From an in­ti­mate wine bar to Miche­lin-starred restau­rants: all bud­gets are catered for. There is also a wealth of walk­ing and cy­cling trails through­out the area.

In Saint-emil­ion, the wine­mak­ing and his­tor­i­cal her­itage the sur­round­ing area are open to vis­i­tors. Since ar­riv­ing in the south-west from his na­tive Brit­tany 5 years ago, Camille Le Chape­lier has put his fresh out­look into cre­at­ing authen­tic tours.

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