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Stay at a Winery in Bordeaux Wine Country - the Medoc

To the north of Bordeaux, vineyards are clustered in the communities of the Medoc and Haut Medoc: Margaux, Labarde, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estephe.

As you drive along the Route of the Chateaux, top names in the wine industry pop up one after another, and the grand chateaux compete in beauty. 

There is no better place to stay for Medoc wine lovers. Imagine waking up among the best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in France…

Here are my top places to stay in the Medoc wine country.  Choose among Labarde (Margaux), Pauillac, or Saint-Estephe.   

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Cos D’Estournel, 1855 Grand Cru Classe, is known to be making some of the best wines in France and in the world.

Several recent vintages of Cos D’Estournel have been given 100 Parker points.

The property is adjacent to Chateau Lafite Rothschild in Pauillac, but belongs to the St Estephe appellation. Since 2000, the chateau is owned by Michel Reybier, a French food industry mogul.

The chateau houses a gastronomic restaurant and a hotel Maison D’Estournel.

Saint-Estephe is a secluded area away from traffic and crowds.

You can stay in the vineyards and explore wineries of Saint Estephe and Pauillac, including Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Pedesclaux, Chateau Lafon-Rochet, Chateau Pichon Baron, and many others.

Another relaxing stay in the Saint-Estephe area is the 18th century guest house of Château Ormes de Pez.

Choose one of the five elegant bedrooms with views of vineyards. The swimming pool is open from June to September.

The estate is among other wineries run by the prominent Cazes family, the owners of Chateau Lynch Bages and Chateau Cordeillan Bages.

Chateau Cordeillan Bages is in the middle of Pauillac vineyards next to the tiny village of Bages.

Owned by the Cazes family (Chateau Lynch Bages, Chateau Ormes de Pez) this property houses a beautiful five-star hotel, a member of Relais & Châteaux network.

This 17th-century Bordeaux chartreuse offers 28 rooms and suites, a library, a 25-meter heated outdoor pool, a sauna, and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

The rooms and common areas are tastefully decorated with designer furniture and lamps by Franck Gehry, Andrée Putman, Achile Castiglioni, and Gae Aulenti amongst others.

Guests can arrive at the hotel by car or request a helicopter landing right in the vineyards.

Chateau Cordeillan Bages is not a producing wine estate today, however, it is surrounded by many top wineries of the region. It makes an excellent base for Medoc wine tours.

Chateau La Tour Carnet offers a truly  unforgettable experience.  

You will stay in a real castle surrounded by a mot with black swans living in it.

Kids will love the interior which is full of Medieval history. Knights are all around the castle.

Here is a hint: rent both bedrooms, you get the whole castle to yourself!

Chateau La Tour Carnet is famous for its 1855 Grand Cru Classe Haut Medoc wine. The boutique onsite also offers wines from various other Bordeaux and French estates produced by the Bernard Magrez Group.  


Located in the heart of the Margaux vineyard, Bastide de Siran is a detached house ideal for a stay of up to six people.

The house featured a fully equipped kitchen opening onto the dining room and the living room, three air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms.

You can have an outside lunch on a shaded terrace and enjoy a glass of Chateau Siran.

Within a few minutes by car, there is a town of Macau with a supermarket, a  bakery, a butcher.

The chateau offers a free visit and tasting to the house guests.


Guest rooms of Chateau Giscours are located in the former stables. Every room offers a view of  Margaux vineyards. 

The chateau founded back in the 14th century is also an active winery producing some of the top wines in Bordeaux. 

The highlight of the chateau is its beautiful natural park.

Chateau Giscours is one of the closest locations in the Medoc to the city of Bordeaux.  

It makes a good base for exploring Margaux wineries.


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