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How Many Wineries Are in The Medoc?

There are thousands of wine estates in the vast Medoc but only some are open to the public

The Médoc region is referred to as the “land of a thousand and one châteaux,” due to the numerous wineries that can be found there. As you travel through the Médoc, you will see many vineyards covering the landscape.

How many vineyards are in the Medoc?

There are approximately 6,000 chateaux in the Medoc wine region.

Besides the world-known top Grand Cru Classe chateaux, the Medoc is home to four other families of crus: crus bourgeois, crus artisans, cooperatives and other smaller family wineries.

Let’s look at the most prestigious tiers of the Medoc chateaux.

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Grand Crus Classé of the Médoc - 60

The 60 Grands Crus Classés of the Médoc ranked in 1855 for the Universal Exhibition held in Paris are the top of of the pedestal, not only in the Medoc, but also in Bordeaux, in France and in the world!

The classification of Bordeaux wines requested by Napoleon III initially listed 61 Grands Crus Classés of the Left Bank of which 60 were from the Médoc. 

In 1855, the list of the top estates was assembled quickly. The rumor is that due to lack of time, the wineries were simply ranked by the price of their wines. However, today, over 150 years later, the Grands Crus Classés of the Medoc are still recognized in France and globally as a symbol of quality and a quintessence of the Bordeaux terroir and the French lifestyle.

The Crus Bourgeois of the Médoc - 250

The Crus bourgeois, which originated from the famous Bordeaux bourgeoisie, whose substantial investments allowed to create large wine estates in the Medoc. The Cru Bourgeois classification was established in 1932.

Each year, approximately 250 wineries enter the Society of Cru Bourgeois.

The Crus Artisans of the Médoc - 35

The Crus Artisans, the appellation established in 2006 to include 35 artisan winemakers.

Are all Medoc wineries open to the public?

As you may know not all Bordeaux wineries are open to the public.

The following Medoc wineries are normally open and welcome visitors for guided tours and tastings.

List of Medoc Wineries Open to Public

Château Angludet
Château Anthonic
Château Arnauld
Château Balac
Château Baudan
Château Beau Rivage & Clos la Bohème
Château Biston-Brillette
Château Branaire-Ducru
Château Cambon La Pelouse
Château Cantenac Brown
Château Cap Léon Veyrin
Château Carmenère
Château Caronne-Sainte-Gemme
Château Castéra
Château Chantelys
Château Chasse-Spleen
Château Cos Labory
Château Croix du Trale
Château d’Agassac
Château d’Arsac
Château Dauzac
Château de Camensac
Château de Lauga
Château Desmirail
Château Devise d’Ardilley
Château du Moulin Rouge
Château du Taillan
Château du Tertre
Château Ferrière
Château Fonbadet
Château Fonréaud
Château Fontesteau
Château Fourcas Dupré
Château Gadet-Terrefort
Château Giscours
Château Gruaud Larose
Château Haut Breton Larigaudière
Château Haut Coteau
Château Hourtin-Ducasse
Château Kirwan
Château La Branne Begadan
Château La Bridane
Château La Galiane
Château La Haye
Château La Mouline
Château La Tour Carnet
Château La Tour de Bessan
Château La Tour de By
Château Labadie
Château Lafon-Rochet
Château Lagrange
Château Lamothe Bergeron
Château Lanessan
Château Larose Trintaudon
Château Lascombes
Château Lassus
Château Le Crock
Château Le Souley Sainte CroixVertheuil
Château Le Temple
Château Léoville Poyferré
Château Les Tuileries
Château Lestage
Château Lilian Ladouys
Château L’Inclassable
Château Liouner
Château Loudenne
Château Malescasse
Château Marquis d’Alesme Becker
Château Marquis de Terme
Château Maucaillou
Château Micalet
Château Noaillac
Château Paloumey
Château Paveil de Luze
Château Pédesclaux
Château Peyrabon
Château Phélan Ségur
Château Pierre de Montignac
Château Prieuré Lichine
Château Reverdi
Château Rousseau de Sipian
Château Saint Ahon
Château Saint Christoly
Château Saint-Hilaire
Château Ségur
Château Siran
Château Temple de Tourteyron
Château Tour Castillon
Château Tour Haut Caussan
Château Vieux Robin
Châteaux Lalaudey et Pomeys
Clos de Grange Vieille
Cave Coopérative Grand Listrac
Cave Coopérative La Rose Pauillac
La Cave des 2 Rives

To visit these or other Medoc wineries check out my Medoc Self-Guided Tour Book.

Alternatively, hop on one of the organized tours.  There are private and small-group tours that run to the Medoc every day.

Before You Go

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Where to Stay in Bordeaux?

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Medoc/Left Bank stays

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See more tips on visiting Bordeaux wine country in my Blog.  

If you are interested in a private wine tour of Saint-Emilion or Medoc wineries, see our tours at Atlas Bordeaux.

Enjoy your time in Bordeaux!

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