South-gironde Tourist Information Centre
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.