Saint Émilion is 35km north east of Bordeaux, in the Gironde department (in the Aquitaine region of south-west France). It is renowned world-wide for the vineyards which surround the town. One of the four Bordeaux red wine regions, and a very attractive town. It’s history dates back about 2000 years when the Romans planted vineyards in the 2nd century AD. The town itself dates from the 8th century when Émilion, a Breton Monk, settled in a hermitage carved into the rock.
Steep narrow streets, beautiful buildings, open squares. Built from, or hacked out of, the local yellow limestone, Saint Émilion is centred around a large square with a church on one side – cut into the the rock face. The steps inside the 13th century bell tower sit on the square above and lead to stunning views across the rooftops and countryside. The town has avoided modern ‘tourism’ development, and now Saint Émilion (and the surrounding region) is a listed UNESCO ‘World Heritage Site’.