Do­minique Ar­gans

South-gironde Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre

Bordeaux Wine Trip - - Bordeaux Wine Routes Portrait -

Why should vis­i­tors head out to the Graves and Sauternes re­gion? CC:

Our area- which cov­ers Graves, Sauternes and part of the Lan­des- is vast but eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, es­pe­cially from Bordeaux. it is not by mere chance that the Cité du Vin sends a lot of peo­ple our way. Vis­i­tors come here for the fa­mous Sauternes wine and the ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage that can be found in this ap­pel­la­tion. Many also come to ex­pe­ri­ence the di­verse range of wines that come from Graves and Pes­sac-léog­nan, where every colour of wine is pro­duced.

What ben­e­fits can we draw from this di­ver­sity? CC:

Even though we boast the largest den­sity of Grands Crus Classés, we also have a large se­lec­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties for all tastes and for all bud­gets. This di­ver­sity is re­flected in the châteaux vis­its. Some con­sist of meet­ing the wine­grower face-to-face and shar­ing their pas­sion, others al­low you to go deep into the heart of pres­ti­gious wine es­tates. Re­gard­less of the man­ner in which the vis­i­tor may want to dis­cover the vine­yards, dozens of châteaux are open through­out the year. Also, the châteaux in each of this area’s ap­pel­la­tions or­gan­ise open days at the end of every year.

What other at­trac­tions does the re­gion have? CC:

In ad­di­tion to the vine­yards, the his­tor­i­cal her­itage of the area is strik­ing, with châteaux that date from the 14th cen­tury (Ro­que­tail­lade, Vil­lan­draut, Far­gues, Hamel et Bu­dos), built un­der the aus­pices of the former arch­bishop of Bordeaux, Pope Clement V. This rich cul­tural her­itage is ac­com­pa­nied by var­i­ous nat­u­ral walks or bike rides, notably along the lakes of Hostens, in the heart of the Girondin Lan­des. Ev­ery­where in this large area, you can taste fa­mous Gas­con pro­duce: char­cu­terie, lo­cal pastis, cheeses, ex­cep­tional foie gras and much more...

Hav­ing stud­ied in Bordeaux, where he lived for 10 years, worked in the Agen mayor’s of­fice then in the south-east of France, Dom­inque Ar­gans is now three years into his role as the head of the South-gironde Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre. His un­con­ven­tional path to his po­si­tion is in tune with the un­con­ven­tional wine and nat­u­ral di­ver­sity of this area that ex­tends from the South of Bordeaux to the bor­ders of the Lan­des for­est.

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