And that’s three! Saint-Emilion will be a stop on the Tour de France for the 3rd time in 2021.
On Saturday, 17 July, racers will face off against the clock in the northern part of the town, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.
This is a perfect occasion to discover the sweeping landscapes of the area, which includes 7,500 hectares of vines. All along the 31 km of the race segment, contestants will travel through some of France’s most beautiful vineyards. Roman churches, dovecotes and windmills are just a few of the buildings marking the route before arriving to the medieval town. “This event will have a considerable impact for the shops, restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts alike. Future spectators have already contacted the château owners to watch the race from the estates,” says Joëlle Manuel, the first assistant for finance and events at Saint-Emilion town hall. The opportunity is also eagerly awaited by Jean-François Galhaud, the president of the Saint-Emilion Wine Council: “We’re thrilled because the event has a worldwide reach. We’ll show spectators that Saint-Emilion is a welcoming place! All winegrowers will be involved.”