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The Medoc, or "country of the medium" is located
between the Atlantic Ocean and the estuary of the Gironde.
It is the country of the vine, water and the forest. These
three major natural elements offer a whole of remarkable sites
quickly accessible since the lodging.
The Medoc is : a band of 5 km broad vineyard on 80 km
length, a low register ground dominating the Estuary
8 controlled labels of origin: 6 communal names (Saint-Estèphe
wine, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Moulis in Medoc, Medoc,
Margaux) and 2 sous-régionales names (Medoc and Medoc)
of the Wines of the Medoc, the various Houses of the wine
and tourism of Pauillac, Listrac, Margaux, Moulis and St-Estèphe,
the House of arts and trades of the vine and the wine of Moulis
are the most important centers of resources for which wants
to discover the wines of the Medoc.
Moreover castles such Maucaillou with
Moulis or Cordeillan Bages in Pauillac propose activities
of initiation to the tasting of the wine and courses oenology.
An original discovery of the vineyards of the Medoc in the
helicopter is proposed by Château Maucaillou.
> For more information : Departmental
committee of tourism of the Gironde
The Medoc is surrounded of water
|| - in the
East : the estuary of the Gironde (larger estuary of Europe),
the Médoc inhabitants call it quite simply "the
River", with the marinas of Pauillac, Port Block and Port
Medoc in the Verdon and the small typical ports of Goulée,
Richard, St Vivien, By, Macau, Issan, Lamarque, Beychevelle...
The estuary, it is also ten islands from which some are
the subject of visit-discoveries in boat or gabarre; the
island of Patiras, the New island, the Green island...
More information about the
- in the West : the Atlantic Ocean
and its 90 km of fine sand beaches, the Dune of Amélie (at
Soulac-sur-mer), the lagoon of Contaut (Hourtin), the Médoc
lakes of Carcans-Hourtin (larger fresh water lake of France
- 60 km²) and of Lacanau.
More information about the
beaches and the lakes
140 000 hectares of forest including
one immense pine forest in the West cover the Medoc
The cultural heritage
If you like the stones and the history,
go and discover...
and military : Lighthouses of Cordouan (historic
building since 1862), of Grave, of Richard, Strong Medoc
and Strong Pie, fortifications built by Vauban
Balneal : Old villas of Soulac,
Traditional : Windmill of the
XIXème century of Vensac, restored and given in activity
in 1982, many castles and chartreuses of all times and
Religious : Church Notre-Dame-de-la-fin-des-terres
in Soulac, Church Notre-Dame of Benon in Saint-Laurent-Médoc,
Abbey and abbey of Vertheuil-Médoc
Museum of Cordouan Lighthouse
Archeologic and art gallery of Soulac
Museum of oyster-farming and fishing (Richard Lighthouse)
Museum of Honour Tower (XIIIth century) at Lesparre
Little museum of automats at Pauillac
Horse museum at Château Lanessan at Cussac-Fort-Médoc
Museum of arts and popular traditions of Medocin Lande at
Museum Sights on past of Hourtin
and museum about wine :
Museum " The Médoc from XVth Century to nowadays " at Château
Verdus at Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne
Museum of wine in art at Château Mouton Rotschild at Pauillac
Museum of arts and
trades of the vine and the wine at Château Maucaillou
Agriculture, fishing and and fish-farming
Lamb of Pauillac model sheepfold
aquicultural farmq of Saint-Vivien and Le Verdon
Snail farm of Noaillac at Jau-Dignac-Loirac
Local specialities to discover : lamb
of Pauillac ("appellation contrôlée"), le grenier
médocain (paunch of pig stuffed and rolled), fishery products
(elvers, aloses with the sorrel, eels persillades, lampreys
with Bordeaux wine, gray shrimps with anise, gamba), rib steak
with the fire of vine shoots, boletus.
Pralinerie of the Médoc at Blaignan
makes a local speciality : Noisettines of the Médoc
(sweet containing caramelized hazel nuts)
The vine shoots of the Médoc
(another local confectionery with the scented black chocolate)
are made in Margaux
Fairs and open-air markets
||During the season, at lot
of open-air markets take place in addition of usual ones.
The well-known of Montalivet is composed of 200 dayly
stalls in summer.
The weekly market of St Vivien is also very famous.
Gastronomical fairs and night markets complete the estival
> More information with les
Art craft industry
The small museum of automats and musical boxes of Pauillac,
the faiencery decorated from Arsac or the fancy leather-goods
manufacture of Lacanau appear on "the road of the trades of
art" of the Gironde.
You can discover the sandstones of
Médoc in the brickyard of Brach ...
For those who love hunting for antiques,
a dozen secondhand trades are located in the surroundings,
in Valeyrac, Queyrac, Lesparre, Soulac, Pauillac, Castelnau-de-Médoc,
Brach, Lacanau, Lamarque, Soussans.
> More information : http://www.antiquites-en-france.com
You will find in the gîte all documentation
necessary to discover the area and to organize your activities