Chateau La Dauphine is a property at the heart of the appellation in Canon Fronsac. It dates back to the 16th century, its name is inspired by the visit of wife of the Dauphin of France 'La Dauphine' and the Chateau, built in the 18th century, still reflects all the elegance that you would expect for such a prestigious visitor. Here however, tradition meshes seamlessly with the ultramodern and the owners' wish for visitors to understand the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle and a superb wine/food experience.
The Great Wine Capitals pavilion will feature tourist information about each member city and wine region as well as daily contests to measure visitors’ knowledge about wine and great wine capitals’ regions, with an attractive range of prizes for the winners.
Innovation is in Yves Vatelot's DNI. The inventor of the 'Epilady' has applied his engineering talent and innovation skills to create a first class wine tourism experience at his Chateau de Reignac, winner of a 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award for Innovation in 2016.
Of course, receiving a Best Of Wine Tourism is an award for several years of work aiming at creating innovative and welcoming visit concepts.
For small properties as Château du Payre, it is an opportunity to get promotion locally thanks to the several press releases circulated. A heartwarming highlight, especially as our estate is not situated in a most touristic area.
2016 will be a great year, with the opening of the Cité du vin, the Bordeaux Wine Festival, and the European soccer championship in July, all events creating a very festive atmosphere.
"This label allowed us to communicate widely on all our marketing tools. We then welcomed curious visitors who wanted to know more about us and try our services. On a regular base, this award catches demanding customers, looking for high quality experiences. The Best Of Wine Tourism label is definitely one of the best recognition to highlight tourism operators."
Golf du Médoc
From 1.00 pm : Welcome and Tee gifts presentation. [Golf du Médoc - Chateaux Course]
Free Round on "Châteaux" Course or "Vignes" Course at Golf du Médoc.
7.00 pm : Welcoming Evening at the Club House with tapas cocktail and wine tasting with Médoc winemakers.
Display of the starting times for the 1st round of Drives du Médoc.
Friday May 06th 2016 :
9.00 am : practice area dedicated to competitors. [Médoc Vineyards]
From 10.00 am : 1st Round : "Vignes" Course - Four balls stableford
Break at mid-course.
Drive and accuracy contest on the course.
Dinner at the Golf du Medoc Resort 4*.
Display of the starting times for the 2nd round of Drives du Médoc.
Saturday May 07th 2016 :
8.00 am : practice area dedicated to competitors.
9.00 am : meeting of the competitors at the Putting Green of "Châteaux" course to get the scorecards and breifing.
9.30 am, shotgun : 2nd Round - "Châteaux" Course - Scramble stableford
Break at mid-course.
Mixed accuracy contest on the course.
6.30 pm : Meeting point on the Golf du Médoc carpark and transfer by coach for the evening in the Médoc.
7.30 pm : Visit and wine tasting in a Château in the Médoc.
8.30 pm : Aperitif followed by dinner in a Château in the Médoc.
Drive du Médoc prize presentation.
Prizes for best scores (daily + 2 days cumulative).
Draw for the travel to Spain.
10.45 pm : transfer back by coach to Golf du Médoc Resort.
My very first visit to Bordeaux, in the early eighties, was to the Graves, more precisely to Pessac Léognan to the North of the appellation.
I was visiting from Paris for research for my thesis on Bordeaux wine marketing. The owner of Chateau Carbonnieux, Antony Perrin, along with Jean-Jacques de Bethmann of Chateau Olivier and Bernard Thomassin of Chateau de France each took the time to explain in detail, to a foreign student, the workings of the system of the Bordeaux market place ‘La Place de Bordeaux’.
Organized by the “Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux” *, the Week-end des Grands Crus de Bordeaux will start on Saturday 4, with Grands Crus tastings and prestigious diners in some of the most famous Bordeaux chateaux, while Sunday 5 will be devoted to wine tours and a golf tournament.
Over 100 wine producers and chateau owners will serve their latest vintage or older production under only one roof, allowing the participants to meet and discuss with some well-known people. Exclusive Grands Crus diners are programmed in the evening at Chateau Kirwan (Margaux), Chateau de Fargues (Sauternes), Chateau Branaire-Ducru (Saint Julien), and Domaine de Chevalier (Pessac-Leognan).
Different wine tours will be suggested for Sunday, touring around Médoc (Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Marquis de Terme, Chateau Rauzan-Ségla), and Graves & Sauternes (Chateau La Tour Martillac, Chateau Climens, Chateau de Rayne Vigneau).
*The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux has been created 43 years ago to promote the image of Médoc and Sauternes wines that were classified in 1855. More than 130 chateaux are members of the association.