Château Lanessan Horse Museum
Wines and whinnies, as a grand old wine estate includes grand stables and a riding museum.
A country wine estate with an equine twist.
Since the 18th century, the winemaking Bouteiller family has occupied a neoclassical château on 80 hectares (198 acres) of gardens and vineyards amid some of France's loveliest landscapes, 30 kilimetres (18 miles) outside Bordeaux. Today Lanessan's extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be produced here, and in addition to château is open to visits, as are the adjoining stables, including a section turned into a horse museum. Here you can see marble stalls, perfectly preserved Belle-Époque carriages, and a lovely collection of saddles and other riding paraphernalia. Afterward, it's a delight to get lost for a bit in the lovely 19th-century English-style garden.