Château Siran, the oldest family property in Margaux, is a spectacular venue for wine tourism

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Château Siran dates from the 17th century ideally situated for wine tourism, just fifteen minutes from Bordeaux, on the famous Margaux gravel terroir. Surrounded by the great growths of the appellation, it takes its name from the 15th century Lord Guilhem de Siran. After renovation in 2013, the Château reopened its doors with wine tourism in mind.

A visit is an opportunity to share the rich history of this, the oldest family property in Margaux. The Miailhe family has been at its helm for five generations, over the last 150 years. The portrait gallery at the start of the visit is an introduction to the members of the family who have all made their mark on the vineyard.

An 18th century tapestry showing a grape harvest

The current owner, Edouard Miailhe, took over the property in 2007 and he has already made his mark, having initiated this renovation. He is particularly proud of the 360° panoramic terrace opened in 2015 overlooking not just the property but also the vineyard of Margaux vines.

Visitors can lunch or dine on this terrace.

The family theme continues with the 'Collection cellar', a unique family collection of over 300 objects, collected mainly by Edouard's parents, Brigitte and William Alain Miailhe. It includes ancient pottery and china, objects in pewter, silver and glass all telling the story of the history of wine, from the 3rd century BC to the 19th century. It illustrates the history of transport and service of wine and includes a splendid 18th tapestry showing the grape harvest in Burgundy. No parochialism here!

It is this spectacular collection and it's showcasing telling the millennial history of wine in Bordeaux that resulted in Château de Siran winning the Best Of Wine Tourism award for Art and Culture.

Art is no stranger to the estate as, before the Mailhe family purchased the estate in 1859, the vineyard belonged to The Comte de Toulouse-Lautrec, grandfather of the famous painter.

The chateau is not defined just by its past. After this historical introduction, visitors are led into the brand new wine and barrel cellars, transitioning from the past to the future in the ultra modern technology of wine making and precision viticulture. The tasting can be a trip back in time, venture into the Bacchus Bunker to discover a century of vintages from 1912 to 2012.

Open 7 days a week from 1st May until end September, the chateau welcomes individuals or groups and overnight guests in the guest cottage.

Wendy Narby