This château is worth a visit. Located in the heart of the Graves wine area of Bordeaux. It’s a family owned estate, which has decided to invest in tourism on a family scale. The scenery and position of the Chateau is quite incredible with a beautiful view of the Garonne river. The team are incredibly friendly and the family still live there, so you might get the chance to talk with the owner.
The visit starts with a film about the estate. I’d like to point out that this video is very good, English is perfect, the filmed landscapes are wonderful. The video takes you through the history of the estate from the Roman Empire to the current owners. The estate is well-known in the region because Napoléon and Joséphine made a stop here in 1808. There is a humorous reconstruction of this during the video.
During the visit you also see the Vat room and cellars. you finish in their new museum/information centre where you learn about the vines and the different stages of growth. There is a touch-screen which explains everything about the wine region and the estate in a modern way.
The visit finishes with a tasting of three wines: 2 reds and 1 white. The great thing about this château is that you leave with your engraved wine glass which is a nice souvenir to show friends at home. There is also a photo-booth where you can take photos. All this is included in the visit price of 12€ per person. Great value.
If you have children no worries as this season they have a treasure hunt for 2€ available in English with a fruit juice and award at the end.
There are other visits possible such as the classic visit of the estate and cellars with a cheese and cold meat platter at 20€ pp. Or accompanied by local savoury dishes at 35€ pp.
Marion is one of the guides of the château who showed me around. She is really friendly, speaks English and was born in the wine business so knows what she’s talking about. Being a family owned and family friendly estate the visits aren’t rushed. They want you to have a good time and remember your visit.
There is also a shop, where you can buy wine (of course) but also local produce such as jam and paté but also wine accessories. Great for presents to take back home.
To find out more or reserve your visit go to their website: www.chateaudeportets.fr