A large area of varied soil types (despite the gravel its name refers to), the Graves on the River Garonne produces red, dry white and sweet white wines with little fanfare, relatively modest investment and often excellent results. There are no world-famous châteaux and the large area under vine is a patchwork of small vineyards that are predominantly family owned. If this sounds unlike elsewhere in Bordeaux, then the prices can also reflect this with value for money and quality often hand in hand.Read More
Some critics will swear that the gravel of the Graves can be tasted in the red wines, but whatever the case it is true that red vines make up most of the planting. Merlot is increasingly important and the wines are often fruity and not intended for long-term ageing.