Our Vineyard

Our Vineyard 

High on the banks of the Gironde estuary, with only the width of the river separating us from the likes of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Maugaux and Chateau LaFite etc you'll discover our vineyard - tucked away within the oldest Appellation of the Bordeaux Wine region - "Cote de Bourg". Wine has been made here since the Roman times.

Our vineyard is filled with 50 year old mature vines of Cabernet Franc and Merlot - perfect for blending into a mouth wateringly good, soft and fruity aromatic red wine. The small 2.2 hectares nestles in the rolling country side of Cote de Bourg or little Switzerland as this area is sometimes called.

Our wine is sold under the label of "The Garagiste" - this term refers to an elite group of winemakers of the Bordeaux wine region who made wine during the 1900's, more or less out of their outbuildings or garages as they would be called now-a-days. The small productions of "vin de garage" tend to have a higher level of manual care and often receive excellent ratings which often helps the "Vin de Garagiste" to becoming highly desirable. 

The limited production enables much of the work to be done by hand by its owners Gill and Ben Hall. Ben Hall tends to the vines, preparing the grapes, throughout the whole vine growing season, including wine making and blending, through to designing the labels. Ben Hall is your modern day “Le Garagiste**”.

Our Wine Tours and Tastings

French Vineyard Vacations offers optional wine tours and tastings here on site. These tours include:

  • Walk around the vineyard with Ben - "Chef" of vineyard and wine making etc
  • Wine tasting
  • Video showing grape harvest and bottling procedures