Château de Camarsac, Entre-deux-mers
What reasons are there to come to Entre-deux-mers? TL:
Montesquieu described Entre- Deux- Mers as “the French Tuscany”, Montaigne compared it to the Pô Valley, between Venice and Milan. These are not merely anodyne recommendations: just like Tuscany, Entre- Deux- Mers is a land of mixed farming, it’s particularly hilly and endowed with an immense medieval heritage. The range of flora and landscapes in the area are only equalled by the exceptional diversity of wines that come from here. Its proximity to the centre of Bordeaux, less than 30 minutes away, makes Entre- Deux- Mers an unmissable stop- off point for visitors to the region.
What sort of tours and other activities do you offer? TL:
Our credo is to make our wine, our architectural heritage and the surrounding nature accessible to everyone. That means that visitors can come and take a turn in the woods around the château in absolute autonomy. We have put up signs all along the trails to let visitors discover the diversity of the landscapes, the specificities of growing wine and the history of the premises, all at their own pace. For us, the wine tasting sessions are an opportunity to create discussion and convey our passion. During our blending workshops, we help visitors make the kind of wine that they want, which they then take home with them.
What motivates your desire to pass on your knowledge and passion? TL:
The philosophy that has guided us ever since we came here 10 years ago is that we want to make the diversity of this area its main attraction. The differing landscapes and soils in Entre- Deux- Mers have long been seen as a handicap, but nowadays we see it as its biggest asset. It is with this in mind that we are preparing, in conjunction with our partners, to open a new park that is highlights to the natural beauty of this place. The idea is to preserve the area and make it more and more accessible in an enjoyable way.
From the Camarsac promontory, the Château known as “the Black Prince” dominates the diverse nature of the Entre-deux-mers region. Thierry Lurton and his wife Solange made this place home at the beginning of the noughties, and since then they have developed innovative initiatives to preserve its outstanding natural beauty.