The secrets of Saint-Emilion
Today we will speak about Saint-Emilion. Do you know is village full of history?
We will explain you the secrets of Saint-Emilion…
To locate you, Saint Emilion is a village of about 2000 persons, 45 min from Bordeaux. Perched on a rocky promontory, Saint Emilion and its vineyard derive their originality from the limestone which offers an exceptional soil to its vines.
The name Saint Emilion comes from the eighth century when a Breton named Émilion, born in Vannes and famous for his miracles, decides to leave his homeland to retire and devote himself to prayer. Along the Atlantic coast, he became a monk and moved to Ascumbas, former name of the city of Saint-Emilion.
Over the centuries, several religious communities have settled in the village, attracted by the cult of Emilion as evidenced by the many monasteries, convents and churches. Thus, between the eighth and eighteenth centuries, Benedictines, Augustinians, Franciscans, Dominicans and Ursuline sisters coexisted or succeeded one another in the heart of the city.
This is why the city is rich in religious heritage (churches, chapels, crosses), several hundred wine chateaux, mansions, wine cellars, dovecotes, windmills and washhouses.
Saint-Émilion was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1999 under the title "Cultural Landscape". It was the first classified vineyard in the world.
Today, many people come to Saint-Emilion to see and visit all the rich heritage of this medieval town and its 800 châteaux. On average 1 000 000 tourists, each year.