Drive up into the hills just north of Bourg-sur-Gironde and look out for the spire-topped turrets of the Chateau de la Grave. A real little 18th century castle in the middle of 45 hectares of vines, the family home of the Bassereau family is also a wonderful bed & breakfast. Philippe Bassereau, the 4th generation of his family to work the vines here, produces red and white Côtes de Bourg wines, a rosé and even some sparkling Crément de Bordeaux. Valerie Bassereau takes charge of the baronial chambres d’hôtes rooms, one of which has a circular bathroom in the tower. The property’s wines are distributed in the UK and you can even rent a row of vines here. Stay for a weekend, visit the impressive cellars and explore this area they call the Bourgeais: a pretty countryside of hilly vineyard slopes, small-scale farming and ancient river ports.
Valérie and Philippe Bassereau, La Grave, 33710 Bourg-sur-Gironde