Dreaming Spires in a French Vineyard

img_6515Drive 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




2 Responses to Dreaming Spires in a French Vineyard

  1. Ann M. says:

    Is this the same lovely winery I visited in the early 1970’s (April of 1972) and purchased Vouvray – both a sparkling pink and a white? It was the Bassereau Brothers winery?

    • hilyer68 says:

      Hello! No, I don’t think so. Vouvray is produced near the town of the same name in the Loire valley. Thanks for the comment – I’m glad my post brought back some good memories.

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