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Discover the History of Saint-Emilion

You’ve probably heard about Saint-Emilion, one of the most famous wine appellations in the world. But do you know the full and intriguing history of Saint-Emilion?

Keep reading for the hidden details of Saint-Emilion…

Saint Emilion is a village of about 2000 people, 45 min away from Bordeaux. Perched on a rocky promontory, Saint Emilion and its vineyard derive their uniqueness from the limestone, which offers exceptional soils to its vines. 

The history of Saint-Emilion dates back to the 8th century where the name Saint Emilion was created, originated from a Breton named Émilion. He was born in Vannes and became famous for his miracles, later he decided to leave his homeland to retire and devote himself to prayer. Moving along the Atlantic coast, he became a monk and moved to a little village named Ascumbas, which then changed its name out of respect to Saint-Emilion.

Over the centuries, several religious communities have settled in the village, attracted by the cult of Emilion, as evidenced by the many monasteries, convents and churches. Thus, between the 8th and 18th centuries, Benedictines, Augustinians, Franciscans, Dominicans, and Ursuline sisters coexisted or succeeded one another in the heart of the village.

The village is rich in religious heritage (churches, chapels, crosses), several hundred wine chateaux, mansions, wine cellars, dovecotes, windmills and washhouses.

In 1999, Saint-Emilion was listed as a World Heritage Site under “Cultural Landscape”. It was the first classified vineyard in the world!

Today, many people (a million a year) visit Saint-Emilion to see and visit all the rich heritage of this medieval village and its 800 châteaux. So when you visit, enjoy the architecture and history, and don’t forget about the wine!

Come with us on a private wine tour to Saint-Emilion to discover this beautiful village and its surrounding châteaux!

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