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Sauternes

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

Sauternes - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde
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Charming little village of Gironde, in the region of New Aquitaine, Sauternes takes place in the heart of the vineyards of the same name, not far from Langon. It is located about forty kilometers from Bordeaux, on the banks of the Ciron, a tributary of the Garonne.

Appreciated by visitors for its discreet charm and unspoiled nature, the town of Sauternes has been known for several centuries for its vines and its production of a wine today awarded an AOC. The latter, a sweet white, is reputed to be the best liquoreux in the world for oenology lovers.

Very pleasant, the village enjoys an ideal geographical location to discover the region, as well as an architectural heritage full of interest. Lovers of gastronomy will also appreciate the culinary specialties as well as the visit of the cellars of the commune.

Geographical information

MunicipalitySauternes
Postcode33210
Latitude44.5310320 (N 44° 31’ 52”)
Longitude-0.3432680 (W 0° 20’ 36”)
AltitudeFrom 13m to 89m
Surface area11.32 km²
Population789 inhabitants
Density69 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBordeaux (30 mi, 41 min)
Insee code33504
IntercommunalityCC du Sud Gironde
DepartmentGironde
TerritoryAquitaine
RegionNew-Aquitaine

Nearest cities & towns

Bommes1.7 mi (6 min)
Léogeats2.1 mi (7 min)
Budos2.7 mi (8 min)
Pujols-sur-Ciron3 mi (9 min)
Fargues3 mi (8 min)
Roaillan4.3 mi (10 min)
Noaillan5 mi (9 min)
Mazères5.6 mi (12 min)
Preignac5.6 mi (12 min)
Toulenne5.7 mi (11 min)
Landiras5.8 mi (12 min)
Langon6.4 mi (13 min)
Illats6.4 mi (14 min)
Le Nizan6.6 mi (15 min)

Things to see and do

Built in the twelfth century, the church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens is now listed as an historic monument. With a square bell tower and a presbytery at the end of the 16th century, it was completely rebuilt during the 19th century. It mixes with harmony a Romanesque style and a Neo-Gothic style.

Classified as an historic monument, the castle of Yquem unveils buildings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is particularly known for the frescoes of his chapel, his chimneys, and the frescoes of the main building. Winemaking area appreciated in the region, it produces a sauternes ranked first superior raw.

While strolling in the village, do not miss to admire the statue of the Virgin on the pediment of the town hall, the wash-house below the church or the beautiful war memorial.

Several wineries still produce large sauternes today and can be discovered during a walk in the region, like the castles of Arche, Filhot, Guiraud, Lamothe Despujols, Lamothe Guignard, and Raymond Lafon.

The town also presents a House Sauternes tracing the history of wine culture in the region.

Places of interest

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Monuments

Events and festivities

At the end of May, the town offers its marathon for confirmed runners.

Sauternes Fête le Vin offers to taste some great wines and enjoy several events at the end of May.

In early November are held the open houses of the AOC Sauternes and Barsac.

At the beginning of November, place at the Golden Raisin in Sauternes including hiking and mountain biking and a festive meal.

Photos

Sauternes Village
Sauternes Village
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Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square
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Sauternes Glass
Sauternes Glass
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Castle Filhot
Castle Filhot
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Dovecote castle Filhot
Dovecote castle Filhot
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Vines
Vines
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Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square
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Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square
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Laundry
Laundry
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Vineyards
Vineyards
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Wine Press
Wine Press
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Vineyard
Vineyard
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Vineyard
Vineyard
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View the castle Lafaurie since Peyraguey the vineyards of Château d'Yquem
View the castle Lafaurie since Peyraguey the vineyards of Château d'Yquem
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Castle Filhot
Castle Filhot
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Sauternes and Graves vineyards
Sauternes and Graves vineyards
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Weather

Tuesday 19 february
Min. 6°C - Max. 14°C
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Wednesday 20 february
Min. 4°C - Max. 19°C
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Thursday 21 february
Min. 5°C - Max. 20°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Treetop trail over a river
Sports sensations8 € to 20 € Bommes (1.4 mi)
Private tour of Bordeaux's monuments and riverbanks by Citroen 2CV - night time
Entertainment110 € Bordeaux (24 mi)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux – 4 hours
Culture and education65 € Bordeaux (24 mi)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux – 2 hours
Culture and education52 € Bordeaux (24 mi)
Private Guided Walking Tour of Bordeaux – 3 hours
Culture and education57 € Bordeaux (24 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Mios-Bazas cycle path
Cycling itineraryEasy8h00Le Nizan (5 mi)
Heritage trail
Village visitEasy1h20Bazas (9.5 mi)
Flora trail
Village visitIntermediate1h15Bazas (9.5 mi)
Water yesterday and today
Village visitEasy1h15Bazas (9.5 mi)
Bossugan-Ruch through the vineyard
HikeEasy2h30Bossugan (23 mi)

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