Sipping through Time: Exploring the Intersection of Art, History, and Wine


As always, the nominees for the international Wine Travel Awards invite you on an amazing journey into the world of wine. However, the Art & History Object category is also a dive into the origins of the history of wineries and their families. You can vote for nominees until March 31 inclusive. Choose your favorite and click the “vote now” button. Well, if someone interests you to the degree that you decide to visit your favorite location in person – welcome. Wineries embrace tourists, organize tastings and always receive new friends with open arms.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Château Smith Haut Lafitte is not only a famous winery and art location, it produces cosmetics for enotherapy, and is also one of the four Bordeaux chateaus, which itself produces French oak barrels.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte traces its history back to 1365. It was this year that the Scotsman George Smith bought land in the Grave area and built an estate, which he named after his surname. Today, the chateau belongs to Daniel and Florence Cathiard.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte owners

Last year Château Smith Haut Lafitte began planting a new plot “Moulin Noir” with the most promising “francs de pieds” from its carefully selected historic Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla visited Château Smith Haut Lafitte when they were making their long overdue state visit to France in September 2023.

Château Angelus

Chateau Angelus is one of the largest and most prestigious estates in Saint Emilion. The chateau’s vineyard covers 23.4 hectares and three grape varieties are grown here: the Merlot (51%), Cabernet Franc (47%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (2%). Angelus wines have long been synonymous with success and high status.

The chateau recently released Reflet N°4, guide – a journey through the estate –  from its origins to the latest news.

In February, Château Angelus presented the 2022 vintage, its 240th anniversary, with a limited-edition bottle. The unique bottle design, inlaid with 20 carat gold and mother-of-pearl, marks a ‘new era’ for the property. Named ‘Le Majestueux’, this new vintage literally rubs shoulders with the stars”.

Domaine de l’Évêque

Pierre Richard, the legendary actor, became the owner of the Domaine de l’Évêque, located in France, Aude and reshaped it in 1986.

The Domaine de l’Évêque offers its visitors a range of nine products divided into three categories: popular wines, successful wines, and author’s wines.

There are also 3 wine ranges: popular wines with the wine Démon in red, white, and rosé styles, the author’s wines with Ma Cuvée Personnelle Syrah, Ma Cuvée Personnelle Mourvèdre and Blondus Ricardus and the Successful wines with Château de l’Évêque red and rosé and Cuvée Cardinal.

The chance to talk to Pierre Richard opens twice a week, in August, when the owner of the Domaine de l’Évêque personally meets visitors during the bottles’ signature.

Château Pape Clément

Château Pape Clément  is presented in two categories: Art & History Object and Progressive Approach.

The first harvest took place in 1252. For more than 750 years, therefore, Château Pape Clément has been producing fine wines on the same terroir…

Chateau`s  owner  Mr. Bernard Magrez made every effort to allow the exceptional terroir of Château Pape Clément to stand the test of time and express the finesse that had made the reputation of its wines. It was in 2009 that these efforts were rewarded with the mythical score of 100 from the critic Robert Parker for Château Pape Clément white, and then the same score for Château Pape Clément red the following year.

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Through the use of drones hovering above the vines, the estate engages in meticulous monitoring, collecting rich data that allows for the subdivision of the vineyard into minute sections or microparcels. This data-driven approach enables the estate to make precise decisions during harvest, selectively picking vines based on their health and growth characteristics. Mr. Magrez is the sole pioneer in implementing this technological leap in vineyard management.

Only two hours from Paris, at the gates of Bordeaux, Château Pape Clément Grand CruClassé de Graves welcomes you for an extraordinary stay, rich in emotions and discoveries. Château Pape Clément offers exceptional guest rooms and suites where you will enjoy the intimacy of their historic charm, appreciate French elegance and benefit from an anthology of top-of-the-range services for an unforgettable stay.

For the 4th consecutive year, Château Pape Clément has been awarded the Label BEE FRIENDLY, the label for the farmers committed to protecting pollinators, for virtuous agricultural practices in favor of biodiversity.

Voting lasts until March 31. Hurry to cast your vote for your favorite nominee.