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What to do waiting for the vineyards to wake up.

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

The rain has arrived....and we've all noticed!

So what can you do? You certainly don't want to wait indoors for spring, now that Saint Emilion wine tours have been suspended in many châteaux due to seasonal closures, to escape the melancholy of grey skies rather than wandering around the shops in the city centre, what to do? The answer is obvious: countryside! Between Gironde and Dordogne, you'll find plenty of Christmas markets in December to stroll around and lose yourself in small and intimate corners, to rediscover the authenticity of typical products, the flavours and scents of yesteryear, combined with new wines tastings!

We have a few suggestions for you, like the Saint Emilion Christmas market on 16 and 17 December.

Didn't you find what you were looking for? If you head back towards Bordeaux, right next to Saint Emilion, you'll find the Christmas market in Coutras, another important wine-growing region, from 13 to 17 December.

While you wait for the vineyards to wake up, now that the tourisme is snoozing, various activités are possible on the hundreds of kilometres of green tracks and paths (the green track linking Sauveterre de Guyenne to Bordeaux is very beautiful, taking up the old route of a narrow-gauge railway track and is studied for biciclyng....but it's also perfect walking, especially the Creon section towards Bordeaux),

The vignobles alongside the track are alternated with delightful little forest, which become magnificent and evocative with the autumn colours.

Enjoy your walk then, don't go overboard with temptations (especially sugary ones.....we are still at Christmas) so merry Christmas and looking forward to taking you on a Saint Emilion wine tasting tour in 2024.

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