The winegrowing region is on the right bank of the River Garonne and lies on the left bank of the River Dordogne.
It is a 700-hectare (1,730-acre) enclave of gravelly land within the town limits of Vayres and the upper part of Arveyres.
Visitors need to leave the beaten track to reach it. Nestling between Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion, this is the place where the “twin-bank” spirit reigns.
This is a small community of men and women, who have known each other for a very long time.
They know how to till this earth and cultivate these very special vines. Around here, people have pride in their eyes and display jubilation when the new vintage is born.
Thirty estates share the Graves de Vayres terroir.
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What about geology?
The soils are made up of gravel and successive layers of ferruginous sandstone deposited by the River Dordogne, ochre clay, sand and very soft silt. In this soil, the Merlot grape variety thrives and expresses its specific characteristics best.
The area enjoys a temperate oceanic climate, which enables the Cabernet and Merlot varieties to ripen well. The sea air significantly influences temperatures. On the river bank, the vines benefit from the water’s thermal inertia, as well as a mesoclimate conditioned by the sharper ridges on the opposite bank and the nearby Fronsac Hill.
Diversity begets excellence! Graves de Vayres wines are attractive and complex.
The reds are blends of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and sometimes Malbec.
The whites are made from Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle.
The AOC area covers a total of 700 hectares (1,730 acres).
Total wine production is 2,017,500 litres.
80% of the total area is used to produce 1,637,500 litres of red wines.
20% of the total area is used to produce 380,000 litres of white wines.