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With a wine history as long as Bordeaux’s there are a wide variety of architectural styles and influences. Vineyards evoke a feeling of grandeur and French lifestyle “par excellence” but for most of the 2000 year history of Bordeaux, vineyards we not unlike any other farm. Medieval chateaux were commonly located on high points over looking their estates. Noblemen in favour with their king were given ownership of all the land that they could see – so clearly there was an incentive to seek a location that had a good vantage point. The chateaux were therefore on elevated positions, often with walled courtyards offering fortification for food stores and animals, a tower that housed the stairway and very few windows… Read More