Introducing Saint-Émilion

Savour a glass of fine merlot from one of the surrounding vineyards as you relax into your exclusive French country retreat. Home to renowned vineyards and chateaux, Saint-Émilion is a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in history. Stroll cobbled streets and charming squares and visit the rock-carved church in the village. Then venture to a nearby chateau to taste fine Saint-Émilion Grand Cru wines.

Things to do

Saint-Émilion has been nurturing vines since Roman times and this heritage is now responsible for some of France's finest wines. Sample Merlot and Cabernet Franc varieties native to this region of Bordeaux. Then treat yourself to a taste of the best: Saint-Émilion has been awarded Grand Cru appellation, and nearby chateaux offer exclusive tastings.

Enjoy a private tour to Saint-Émilion's beautiful Premier Grand Cru Classe estates. Sample some of the finest wines of the region, learning about their special qualities. Luxury day tours often include a gourmet lunch or aperitif, tour of the estate vineyard and cellars, and plenty of top-tier tasting.

Located along the sacred pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Saint-Émilion's first dwellers arrived in Palaeolithic times. From there the town's history weaves a tale of ancient French and English influence, traceable in its walls, arches and streets. Visit the church carved into the village walls in the 11th century, the beautiful Cordeliers cloisters from the 8th century and the remains of a Gothic church, now encircled by vines.

Top Tip from SLH

Climb the bell tower of the monolithic church for far-reaching views over Saint-Émilion and surrounding vineyards.