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A saintly tipple indeed

Visit this historic UNESCO world heritage site

St Emilion was named after the monk Émilion, a travelling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock there in the 8th century.

It was the monks who followed him that started up the commercial wine production in the area. It is known as one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux along with the Médoc, Graves and Pomerol. The region is much smaller than the Médoc and adjoins Pomerol. Its history goes back to prehistoric times and is now a World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Émilion, as early as the 2nd century.

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