Château des Antonins

Bordeaux / France

At A Glance

Winemaker(s)

Geoffroy de Roquefeuil

Appellation

Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur

Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon

Farming

Sustainable

Their Story

The name of the estate Chateau des Antonins comes from the St. Antoine hospitallers whom established themselves in this former convent around the 13th century. The Antonins monastic order is founded to heal patients suffering from St Antoine’s fire, later called ergotic poisoning.

The monks treated this illness thanks to healthier food (the famous St Antoine’s pig) but more importantly thanks to the cocoction of a secret drink with extraordinary therapeutic properties. The Saint Vinage is a wine base and herbs.

The commandery of the Antonins also offered a halt to pilgrims travelling to the shrine of Santiago de Compostella.

Of this era remains a fine collection of buildings dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, including : the convent, a 13th century bridge, and a water mill all listed as Historic Monuments.

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The domaine is located in Pondaurat on the left bank of the Garonne near the Graves appellation.

In 1985, Geoffroy de Roquefeuil and his wife Martine came back to the family estate, reviving the wine making tradition of the hospitallers. With a soul of a countryman and a winemaker, Geoffroy manages an estate of about a hundred hectares, including 27 hectares of vines in the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellation.