Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Chateau de Terrefort Quancard, Cubzac-les-Ponts

Cubzac-les-Ponts is within the Bordeaux wine region and shortly after leaving the centre of the small town one is rapidly surrounded by vineyards.

Wines produced in this part of the region belong to the Bordeaux and Bordeaux-supérieur AOCs (Appelations d'Origine Controlée, literally "controlled designation of origin"). These are not the most famous Bordeaux wines but some are enjoyable enough. One of these is the Château de Terrefort-Quancard.
Originally built in the 16th century on the highest hill of the area and much modified later, the castle of Terrefort was bought in 1891 by Jean and Eugène Quancard. By then the vineyard, decimated by the phylloxera, laid abandoned. The brothers set to clear the 61 ha estate and to replant it with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Their heirs still own the vineyard, which produces a Bordeaux-supérieur.

Ideally painted on the former windmill, where cereals were once ground, the name of the château can be seen from far away across the vineyard.


Location: Avenue de Paris, Cubzac-les-Ponts, Gironde / Pictures taken in May 2012

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