St Emilion is now regarded as one of France’s top wine-producing districts. It lies outside Castillon-La-Battaille in the direction of Bordeaux, just off the road that runs from Bordeaux to Ste Foy-La-Grande and Bergerac, and is about 20 miles from La Citadelle.
St Emilion is a small town of mediaeval appearance, built on
a hill. Almost every square foot of soil as far as the eye can see is
covered with neatly trained vines.
|There is plenty of car parking both at the
foot of the town, and at the top, out of sight of people on foot most of
the time. |
Apart from the stone-built, tile-roofed appearance of the place, its attractions include a wide choice of restaurants, wine merchants (of course), art and craft galleries, and an ancient underground ("trogloditic") church built into the cliff below the very top of the town.
|We enjoy visiting St Emilion from time to time to show it to friends, and as a pleasant place to eat in the middle of the day – usually out in the main square under the sun umbrellas.|