Graves – often called “the origin of Bordeaux wines” – are the only wines in France which bear the name of their soil – Las Gravas de Bordeus, or Gravels of Bordeaux. The region’s gravels are the result of many millennia of geological activity by glaciers and rivers. The gravelly soil reflects the heat of the sun and radiates it over the ripening grapes.
Wine has been produced in this region since Roman times, making it the most ancient wine-growing area of Bordeaux. The Graves appellation stretches along the left bank of the river Garonne, south of the city of Bordeaux, and is protected from ocean winds on the western side by the Landes pine forest.
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