Much larger than Pomerol with more than 5,000 Hectares, the vineyards of "Saint-Emilion" and "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" stretch from the country of Castillon and the Dordogne to Castillon-la-Bataille in the south, with the town of Montagne to the north-east and the city of Libourne to the north-west.
The medieval city and its "jurisdiction" have been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1999. It is "a remarkable example of a historical vineyard landscape that has survived intact" and "exemplifies the intensive culture vines in a precisely delimited area."
The grape varieties planted are similar to those found in Pomerol, with Merlot having pride of place, assembled with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The producers' collective, the wine union, the Jurade (council of winemakers) and the legendary châteaux that belong to it, all work together to make Saint-Emilion the tourism capital for the Bordeaux wine region. Events are organised throughout the year, with the Spring festival in June and the grape picking festival in September among the biggest.
Learn more: Syndicat des vins de Saint-Emilion