A beautiful landscape coated in rolling hills, cobblestoned streets, and centuries-old houses, Saint-Émilion could be your next vacation spot in France! Read on to explore more of what this famed wine-producing region has to offer.
Culture & History
The tourists who pass through Saint-Émilion on their way to other destinations don’t know what they’re missing. Saint-Émilion is the kind of charming little French town where you can chat with the locals or sit down and relax in one of the shaded piazzas.
The true treasure of Saint-Émilion is its rich history. The town itself is named for Émilion, a monk who settled in a cave he carved into the rock. Stories about Émilion are essential to the local folklore, and locals are always happy to discuss the local legend. Guided historical tours are also available for those who wish to dive into the local history in-depth.
Saint-Émilion has never known anything but grapes. Since the Romans first began planting the fruit in the second century, production has never ceased. Saint-Émilion’s fellow monks began commercially producing wine around the tenth century. They established such a reputation that the area's vineyards were the first winegrowing region included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites.
Spend a couple of hours on a vineyard tour for an unforgettable experience. There are plenty of local vineyards offering day tours and even B&B-style tourism, French farmhouse style.
Saint-Émilion has another claim to fame in the food and drink department – macarons! Some artisanal shops even use time-tested recipes passed down hundreds of years. After tasting the delicious treats in Paris, you may be skeptical, but authentic Saint-Émilion macarons are nothing to turn your nose up at!
Bakeries all over Saint-Émilion exude an enticing aroma of freshly baked cookies. You may be disenchanted by the lack of colors and fillings, but a Saint-Émilion macaron makes up for these frills with its sheer simplicity and goodness. In Saint-Émilion, macarons may be enjoyed with a local glass of sparkling wine, which is a unique experience. You may even find yourself taking some extra macarons home for a late-night snack.
Is your mouth watering at the thought of macarons and wine tastings? If so, don’t hesitate to begin planning your trip to Saint-Émilion. When you are ready to travel, contact me to learn how to make this epicurean experience a reality!
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