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If you’re familiar with the Great Wine Capitals blog you will know that a winery can win awards in several categories for their excellence in wine tourism. Château Agassac is one of these lucky properties as, since the beginning of these awards, they have won several of them – and this year is no exception with their recognition for Best Of Wine Tourism for their restaurant: La Table d’Agassac.
Château Agassac is a ‘real’ château, dating from the 18th century – towers, turrets and all. But old doesn’t mean mired in the past; not only do they welcome visitors with open arms but you can take a self-guided, interactive tour, i-pad in-hand and when it comes to the tasting you will discover some of their wines bottled in screw cap.
Château Agassac is conveniently situated just on the outskirts of Bordeaux city and since opening their restaurant in 2015, everyone can enjoy the experience of the local cuisine previously reserved for groups. Unsurprisingly, for a Cru Bourgeois of the Medoc, the restaurant is all about the wine. But not only the wine from the property; the Sommelier and Director, Giovanni Curcio, has selected over 400 wines for the cellars, not just from Bordeaux, but from all over France and the world. Every day, he makes a selection of four or five wines to be served by the glass to compliment the inspiration of the chef.
You might be used to blind tasting wines, but here you will blind taste the food too! Well not exactly blind but it will be a surprise. Allergies and dislikes aside, the chef will offer you a menu of three dishes plus a few extras, based on what took his fancy in the market that morning and Giovanni will be happy to advise on wine choices to show both the food and wine to their best advantage.
Open for lunch and dinner every day, except Sunday evening, the restaurant is the perfect ending to, or even beginning for one of the many tours on offer at the château. Enthusiastic amateurs can tour with a guide to learn the secrets of wine making. If you prefer to be independent thanks to the self-guided visit you can discover the unique and complex environments that characterise the Médoc: flood plains, forest and, of course, the vines. This visit explains the importance the château attaches to preserving this natural environment. Families are also welcome with a specially designed interactive discovery trail for younger guests.
I would advise you to book though; Château Agassac welcomed over 14 thousand visitors to the property last year. With 15 years of wine tourism experience behind them they know what they are doing: for them welcoming guests is much more than a simple PR operation, sharing their passion is an integral part of the Agassac philosophy.
By Wendy Narby