To get to know the people who make wine and the land that grapes grow on, you have to get out of the classroom. Vatel MBA International Wine & Spirits Management students were happy to shed their uniforms for a tour of the heart of the Medoc region, at the Chateau Castera vineyards.
The wine harvest and innovation
During this relaxing but nonetheless educational day:
- a guided tour of the chateau,
- discovery of innovative wine-harvesting techniques with cutting-edge equipment,
- a visit of the vat house and wine storehouse.
“It’s really important that students see everything that takes place surrounding winemaking, from traditional methods to very modern ones,” said Jean-Pascal Paubert, the honorary president of the Aquitaine Association of Sommeliers.
A trip through time
After having taken in ride in the wine harvesting machine, the students then toured the Chateau Tower, where the ancient archives, some dating back to the 15th century, are kept.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Chateau Castera is one of the oldest vineyards in Medoc. It dates back to the Middle Ages.
- It had several prestigious owners such as Etienne de la Boétie and Michel Montaigne.
- The Chateau reached the Cru Bourgeois ranking the very first time it took place in 1932.
- Thomas C. Press has headed the Chateau since 2010.
- The domain covers 185 hectares, including 63 hectares of grapevines.